Now India Is Trying to Build Smart Villages

Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the inauguration of the Smart Model Village Pilot Project, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on July 02, 2016
Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the inauguration of the Smart Model Village Pilot Project, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on July 02, 2016

Indian politicians survive and thrive on hype while India continues to be a poor, underdeveloped country.

Now picture this: The smart city project of the government is still a distant dream, but the hype is now being built around a smart village.

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, inaugurated Saturday a smart model village pilot project at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

He said that it is only the representatives of the villages who can transform this country which has more than 600,000 villages.

This is mere rhetoric from a naive politician who is trying to gain cheap publicity without informing about the need, objectives, and features of the so-called smart village.

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Our progress and development can be achieved at the desirable speed only in partnership with these decision makers in the villages, Mukherjee said.

The President said that this is a landmark initiative for us as we seek to replicate the experience in transforming the President’s Estate into a smart model township, in five selected villages in Haryana.

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The five villages which will be developed into the smart villages under this pilot project are Dhaula, Alipur, Harichandpur, and Taj Nagar from Gurgaon district and Rojka Meo from Mewat district of Haryana.

The President had announced this pilot project on the occasion of inauguration of the Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) in Rashtrapati Bhavan and launching of a Mobile App ‘Monitor’ for transformation of President’s Estate into a smart township on May 19, 2016.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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Rakesh Raman