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Govt Identifies Three Projects Under Rurban Mission

The Rural Development Ministry has identified three projects under the NDA Government's flagship Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission, which envisages strengthening the rural infrastructure.

"Already we have received proposals. One is in Buldhana, besides (one each in) Sangli and Warangal," Union Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari told on the sidelines of a national workshop on Rurban Mission here.

While Buldhana and Sangli are in Maharashtra, Warangal is located in the newly carved out state of Telangana.

"We are taking some suggestions, this workshop is giving some new models and we are going to add it. We will prepare the cabinet note. We need participation from different parts of the society, charitable trusts, cooperative institutions and medical trust. We want make a socio-economic transformation," he added.

He further stated that the projects would be implemented at an outlay of Rs 100 crore.

Earlier, delivering his address, Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram stressed the need for urbanisation of rural areas.

"Rurban Mission addresses one of the biggest challenges the country is facing that is migration from rural areas to urban areas," Mayaram said.

Citing a report, he said, "By 2032, if the rate of migration continues at this rate and the number of cities remains the same, Indian cities would become unbearable because there will be no infrastructure and the cities will not be able sustain the numbers," he said.

He further stated that urbanisation of rural areas will protect people from disasters in the next three decades.

Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission aiming to deliver integrated project based infrastructure in rural areas was announced in this year's Union Budget. The preferred mode of delivery would be through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) while using funds of various schemes.

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OUTLOOK 08 August, 2014
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