Practically addressing a function in the Harda district of Madhya Pradesh where a survey for the program was carried out in 10 months, Modi said that after the successful implementation of SVAMITVA Yojana on a pilot basis in some states, it will be put implemented and extended at the national level to ensure the development of rural areas.
“It will become an example of Gram Swaraj in the country,” he said.
The Prime Minister also spoke with some of the beneficiaries of the program in the district of Harda.
He also wished Madhya Pradesh Minister of Agriculture Kamal Patel on his birthday.
Patel, in his capacity as Minister of State Revenue in 2008, implemented for the first time in the country a similar program in the district of Harda under the name of “Mukhya Mantri Gramin Awas Adhikar Pustika” to grant grants. land property rights to villagers so that they can qualify for a loan from banks on the basis of it.
The Survey of Villages Abadi and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas (SVAMITVA) program was launched by the Prime Minister in April 2020 as a central sector program to promote a socio-economically self-sustaining rural India.
The program aims to establish clear ownership of property in rural areas by mapping plots of land using drone technology and providing a ‘bill of rights’ to eligible households by issuing them with legal ownership cards. .
“We have often heard that the soul of India resides in the villages,” Modi said. But, even decades after independence, the enormous potential of Indian villages has not been tapped, he said.
The Prime Minister said that this property card provision program was initially launched on a pilot basis in villages in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, from Punjab and Karnataka.
So far, property cards for over 22 Lakh families have been prepared in these states, while in Madhya Pradesh they have been issued to over 1.70 Lakh families in over 3,000 villages.
“Now it is being deployed all over the country to provide property cards to people,” he said.
The prime minister said that the strength of the villagers lies in the land, but they cannot fully use it for their growth without the required documents.
“A lot of energy, time and money are wasted in land disputes and legal complications in villages … documenting property is a global problem and several countries are facing it,” he said. he declares.
It is very important to get the land and land registers of villages out of uncertainty and mistrust and SVAMITVA Yojana will become a huge force for the inhabitants of the villages, he said.
He also said that SVAMITVA Yojana will prevent villagers from borrowing money from third parties and now, based on their title deeds, they will get loans from banks to strengthen their financial strength to run businesses. , improve agricultural facilities and keep them away from the private sector. lenders.
Modi said the land documents would not only empower the villagers, but also ensure the availability of undisputed land for schools, hospitals, storage and food processing units in the villages.
While mentioning the use of the latest technologies in the mapping and survey of villages within the framework of this program, he cited an example of Manipur, where drones transported vaccines to hard-to-reach places, and the spraying of urea by drones in Gujarat.
He said the drone, which some call a “chhota helicopter” (small helicopter), will totally change the face of village development.
Villages are transforming using technology, as there are currently more internet users in rural areas than in urban areas, he said.
“Recently, there have been many political decisions made for farmers, patients and remote areas to get the most out of drone technology. A large number of modern drones are expected to be made in India itself, India is also expected to be Autonomous in this area. A production linked incentive program (PLI) for drones has also been announced for this, “he said.
Modi also said that so far the Mudra loan has benefited more than 70 lakh women-led self-help groups (SHGs) in the country.
While praising the villagers for saving the country from the COVID-19 pandemic with their provisions, Modi said the Center provided a free ration to 80 million people during this health crisis.
Recalling his tenure as chief minister of Gujarat, Modi said his first program after being sworn in 20 years ago was a social protection program for the poor.
He said that now, after 20 years (he was sworn in as CM of Gujarat on October 7, 2001), he was again in a program related to the welfare of the poor.
Before the Prime Minister’s speech, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, congratulated him on the end of his 20 years in public office.
Modi also praised the government of Madhya Pradesh led by Chouhan for digitizing the land and for presenting the Centre’s projects to the people of the state for their benefit.
Prior to his remarks, the prime minister virtually spoke to Pawan Baretha, a resident of Handia village in Harda district, and asked what the villagers called the drones engaged in an investigation for the SVAMITVA program.
Baretha said the villagers and her family were amazed to see the drone and named it “chhota helicopter”.
He also informed the Prime Minister that his business had grown after taking out a loan using the property card provided under the program.
Modi also spoke with Prem Singh from Dindori District and Vinita from Sehore and inquired about the change in their lives due to the property cards given under this program.
Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Prahlad Singh Patel, Dharmendra Pradhan, Faggan Singh Kulaste, L Murugan and other leaders virtually attended the program.