President Pranab Mukherjee inagurates smart village pilot project at Rashtrapati Bhawan

By: | Published: July 3, 2016 3:23 PM

In a landmark initiative to open Rashtapati Bhavan to the people, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a smart model village pilot project on July 2, 2016 at President's Estate.

President Pranab Mukherjee being greeted by Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar during the launch of the Smart Model Villages Initiative at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan on Saturday. (PTI)President Pranab Mukherjee being greeted by Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar during the launch of the Smart Model Villages Initiative at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan on Saturday. (PTI)

In a landmark initiative to open Rashtapati Bhavan to the people, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a smart model village pilot project on July 2, 2016 at President’s Estate.

Interacting with the sarpanches and village functionaries for the first time at President’s Estate, President Mukherjee said that since assuming office, he had laid great stress on opening of Rashtrapati Bhavan to the masses. While stellar work has been undertaken before, President Mukherjee felt that it was only today that he felt that Rashtrapati Bhavan had been truly opened to the public since the village representatives were present there.

Believing that the country can be transformed only if we empower our villages, women and youth, the President said, “Our progress and development can be achieved at the desirable speed only in partnership with these decision makers in the villages. We need to empower our women and youth.”

Mukherjee also expressed confidence that this initiative would not remain confined to these five villages but would spread to the entire country.

While complimentig  and thanking all the stakeholders, 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.”

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

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Manohar Lal, Union Minister for Rural Development, Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh, Minster of Development and Panchayat, Government of Haryana, Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Chief Secretary of Haryana, other senior officers of Government of Haryana and Union Government, MLAs of Haryana, community and panchayat leaders and other peoples representatives/stakeholders.

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