With a focus to reduce migration of rural people to urban areas, the Union Rural Development Ministry plans to create 300 clusters all over the country.
Under the programme, named Rurban Mission, rural clusters with a population between 25,000 and 50,000 each would be identified by the state governments for promoting economic activity, Union Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said.
The clusters would have urban facilities like 24-hour supply of water and electricity and connectivity, education and banking, he said.
The scheme would be implemented in three years with 100 clusters taken up in the first year.
"This is only to keep in mind that migration from rural areas can be stopped.
But it is only when the rural youth is convinced on this account that the way my cluster is being developed it is not less than any nearby town," he said.
The Rural Development Ministry has asked the Prime Minister to launch the Rurban Mission, he said."
Very shortly, in next few days, we may be able to launch it," he said.