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The Rashtrapati Bhavan secretariat has extended its SmartGram initiative to 100 villages in the vicinity of the initially selected five village of Haryana. In order to sensitise the selected stakeholders on expansion of the initiative, a high level meeting chaired by Secretary to the President, Omita Paul was organised at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The meeting was attended by the people’s representatives from those 100 villages.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss plans for implementation of various programmes in these villages. The initiative was inaugurated for five villages of Haryana - Tajnagar, Dhaula, Alipur, Harchandpur and Rojka Meo - by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on July 2, 2016.
A large number of projects have been undertaken in the initially selected five villages of Haryana under the SmartGram initiative in the fields of agriculture, skill development, energy, education, healthcare, employment generation, developing entrepreneurship among various other activities. These initiatives have generated good enthusiasm in the nearby areas. Therefore, the SmartGram initiative was extended to 95 more villages in the vicinity of the earlier selected five villages taking the total number of villages under the initiative to 100.
Some of the other initiatives which are undertaken under SmartGram are upgraded infrastructure in the Udyog Kunj Alipur, SmartGram Consortium Office, SmartGram Training Centre, Gram Sachivalaya, SmartGram Wellness Centre, Water ATM, Initiation of work of up-gradation of distribution network of electricity of DHBVN, Women’s Training by NIFTEM, Initiation of the work of construction of internal village road, Gramalaya, distribution of energy efficient Chulhas and Sanitary Napkin Production Centre at Dhaula.
According to the Paul, smart village is a humane, hi-tech and happy village which ensures an enhanced quality of life that contributes to the harmony, happiness and well-being of all the villagers. A smart gram would have the required basic physical and social infrastructure with a layer of smart information and communication embedded in the infrastructure to improve governance and delivery of services, livelihood and economic opportunities. The focus of Rashtrapati Bhavan is on creating a sustainable and inclusive development model that can be easily replicated. This model is based on the convergence of resources and effort by the Central government, state government, district administration, Panchayati Raj institutions, public sector, private sector and enlightened villagers.