Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi delivered a webinar on the positive impact of the Union budget on rural development. This is the second webinar in this series. Relevant Union ministers, representatives of state governments and other stakeholders were present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister began by reiterating the mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas as the inspiration behind all government policies and actions. “Our promises for kaal Azadi Ka Amrit will only be realized with the efforts of everyone and everyone can only make this effort when every individual, section and region fully benefits from development,” Shri Modi stressed.
He explained that the budget gave a clear roadmap to achieve the goal of saturation of government development measures and programs and how basic amenities can reach one hundred percent of the population. “The budget provided essential allocations for each program like Prime Minister Awas Yojana, Gramin Sadak Yojana, Jal Jeevan Mission, North East Connectivity, Village Broadband,” he said. “Similarly, the Vibrant Village program announced in the budget is very important for border villages,” he added.
The Prime Minister clarified the government’s priorities and said that the Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for the North East Region (PM-DevINE) will ensure the saturation of basic amenities in the North East region. Similarly, Svamiva Scheme helps to properly demarcate residences and land in villages as more than 40 lakh property cards have been issued. With measures such as the unique land identification PIN code, the dependence of rural populations on tax officials will decrease. He called on state governments to work with a timeline to link land registries and demarcation solutions to modern technology. “To achieve 100% coverage in different programs, we will need to focus on new technologies, so that projects are completed quickly and quality is not compromised either,” he added.
Talking about the target of 4 crore water connections under the Jal Jeevan mission, the Prime Minister asked to intensify the efforts. He also called on every state government to be very vigilant about the quality of the pipes and the water they are proposing to supply. “One of the key features of this program is that there should be a sense of ownership at the village level and that ‘water governance’ is strengthened. tap water to every household by 2024,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister stressed that rural digital connectivity is no longer a mere aspiration but has become a necessity. “Broadband will not only provide facilities in the villages, but also create a large pool of skilled young people in the villages,” he said. Broadband, the prime minister said, will expand the service sector to increase the country’s capabilities. He also highlighted the need for proper awareness regarding the proper use of broadband capabilities where the job is already done.
The Prime Minister highlighted the role of women’s power as the foundation of the rural economy. “Financial inclusion has ensured better participation of women in family financial decisions. There is a need to further this participation of women through self-help groups,” he added.
In conclusion, the Prime Minister suggested many ways to improve the governance of rural development based on his experience. He suggested that it would be useful for all agencies responsible for rural issues to meet at regular intervals to ensure synergy and coordination. “More than the availability of money, it’s the presence of silos and the lack of convergence that are the problem,” he said. He suggested many innovative ways such as making border villages the venue for various competitions, retired government officials bringing their administrative experience to their villages. He also suggested that setting a day as a village anniversary and celebrating it with a spirit of solving village problems will strengthen people’s attachment to their village and enrich rural life. Measures such as Krishi Vigyan Kendras selecting fewer farmers for natural farming, villages deciding to eradicate malnutrition and dropout rates will lead to much better outcomes for Indian villages, he said.
(With GDP entries)