1. Maharashtra government to transform 1,000 villages with the help of corporates

Maharashtra government to transform 1,000 villages with the help of corporates

The Maharashtra government announced a public-private partnership model for the development of 1,000 most backward, tribal-dominated villages in the state.

By: | Published: August 26, 2016 12:54 PM
It involves the government, corporate sector and NGOs coming together under a trust, pooling in finances, resources, knowledge and technology. It involves the government, corporate sector and NGOs coming together under a trust, pooling in finances, resources, knowledge and technology.

The Maharashtra government Thursday announced a public-private partnership model for the development of 1,000 most backward, tribal-dominated villages in the state. It involves the government, corporate sector and NGOs coming together under a trust, pooling in finances, resources, knowledge and technology. The mission will be kicked off with 100 villages on October 2, birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. This is the first kind of initiative in the country. The contribution for the mission will be 50-50% of the government and partnering agencies.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis discussed the model with 70 prominent personalities, representing diverse fields such as industries, financial institutions, NGOs, academics and cinema. Industrialists Ratan Tata and Anand Mahindra, actor Amitabh Bachchan, banker Arundhati Bhattacharya and Rajshree Birla of the Birla Foundation were among those who attended the event. “The villages would be selected on the basis of their backwardness and how low they rank on the human development index (HDI),” Fadnavis said, adding, “Sustainable socio-economic growth in every village to gradually bridge the rural-urban divide is our mission.”

While explaining ‘mission transform’ Fadnavis said, “It means, sustainable development for livelihood, taking initiative to improve Jal (water), Jameen (land) and Jungle of the villages through scientific planning of water resources and conservation, agriculture, to connect locals with the various skills, to improve health and education indications of villages as well.” At the meeting, Rajshree Birla assured help to 300 villages.
Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Group, said, “I believe the Chief Minister’s initiative is greater than we imagined, as it emphasises on involvement of the rural community.”

Anand Mahindra, chairman and MD of Mahindra & Mahindra Group, said, “The emphasis on convergence is what struck me most.” Speaking on the occasion, Bachchan said, “I have decided to lend by voice to generate awareness and communication for the village transformation.”

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    JAIKRIT RAWAT
    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:08 pm
    Can I have the Contact Number of the office please ?Thanks.
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