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India has potential to be developed by 2030
As per census 2011 India is home for 17.5% of the global population with 2.4 % of the global land. There are around 600, 000 villages and 7, 933 towns, spread across 28 states and 7 Union Territories. India will only be developed when the modern day information & knowledge will reach these 600, 000 villages.

The fate of these villages will only change when the digital gap between villages and towns gets reduced. It's the time when the leaders of this nation have to shoulder the greater responsibilities. India has potential to be developed by 2030 and the nation has to focus on basic issues & address them.

The basic key issues are Quality Education, Heath Care, and Skill Enhancement which can be addressed by following the below mentioned model. This model will bring more that 1/3rd of the villages into the main stream by 2030. Government of India has to initiate the concept of "Model Village". Under this concept a community center will be developed having a primary education center, a health care unit, a bank extension counter, auditorium and a commercial store.

The community center will be a 10 room building where 6 rooms will be dedicated for primary education, 1 for health care, 1 for banking assistance, 1 for commercial unit & auditorium having a small library in one part & a vocational training center in the other. The community center will be equipped with solar system to provide the uninterrupted power backup and the entire building will be a Wi-Fi zone having VC facilities in the rooms supported by a broadband connection.

Every community center will be having one pharmacist for health care unit, one accountant representing the bank and commercial unit and a caretaker who will ensure the attendance of the students coming to primary education center and others and coordinate for VCs with the teachers, trainers & doctors/health experts spread globally.

The skilled and competent resources for the community center will be the millions of Indian housewives who wish to work from home and millions of highly intellectual retired citizens who want to contribute their bit to the society. Millions of Indian housewives are doctors, engineers, management or other stream graduates/postgraduates or even Ph.D. holders.

Most of them wish to work at certain phase of their lives but don't get the right opportunity. These housewives and retired citizens only need to have a high speed Internet connection and a dedicated time slot to be a part of the concept "Model Village". Being a part of this concept, millions of people will not only be the part of CHANGE which will transform this nation but also contribute in GDP.

The payment to mentors will be made on hourly basis which will be tracked centrally. The community center will be the hub for knowledge sharing and skill development. On monthly basis the agri researchers/scientists will share the modern day technique to enhance the agriculture productivity.

Quarterly, a bank representative will explain the various loans available for farming and brief them the benefits of small savings and financial planning. Doctors / Nutritionist will brief about sanitation, hygiene, healthy eating habits and regular exercise. IIM / IIT faculty giving lectures on management & science along with career counseling.

Community center will also telecast news, speeches of motivational speakers, brief about Indian culture, methodology, Indian history and about nation's great scholars etc. People engaged in constructive activities will be able to channelize their energy in productive things. Commercial unit of community center will invite vendors for agri products, vegetables, milk products etc.

The objective of commercial center will be to get the best price for the products. Also at the commercial units, vendors will be invited to sell their products at the competitive price. Mandatorily local representatives (Gram Panchayat Head, BDO, MLA and MP) have to interact with common man on various issues, share various schemes introduced by GoI/ state government and update about the development work in their constituency.

The same model can be introduced in all the GICs (Govt. inter College), GGICs (Government Girls Inter College), Govt. Degree Colleges & ITIs across the nation. The project will generate millions of jobs at rural level and also empower the women of this nation. The digital gap will be reduced, people will get more information due to connectivity of Internet.

To construct and equip one such community center, the one time capex will be around INR 25,00,000, and the monthly operating expenses will be around INR 1,00,000. If we have to develop the community centers across nation in all the 600000 villages, the onetime capex will be around INR 1,50,000 Crores, and the monthly operating expenses will be around INR 6000 Crores.

If GoI allocates the fund in one go, we can achieve the target even by 2025. If not then we can have a phase wise implementation of the project. How the funds for this ambitious project can be raised? GOI has to introduce Vision 2030 Cess. The cess will be mandatory for few products & services like Cigarettes, Mobile Subscription, Credit Card Users, Liquor, and completely optional for citizens. Indians consume 1,16,166 million cigarettes in a year (As per Business Line 18th March 2013).

If vision 2030 cess is levied on cigarettes @ .20 paise per cigarette annually, which may vary as per cost and brand, around INR 2,320 crores can be collected. India has around 90 crores mobile subscribers. If every mobile subscriber contributes INR 10 on monthly basis then annually around INR 10,800 crores will be collected. There were around 18.31 million credit card holders in 2010 (As per Business Standard May 2010).

Vision cess 2030 @ INR 20/- PM will contribute around INR 439 crores annually. Average Indian consumes around 1.7 liters of beer annually (as per economic times 27th Feb 2013). If vision 2030 cess introduced on beers @ 10 per bottle, annually around INR 3,300 crores can be collected. Total cess collected through these means will be around 16,859 crores per annum. Monthly will be around INR 1,405 crores.

If we randomly select 1,124 villages (having the population of minimum 2000 people) from 28 states & 7 UTs on monthly basis and allocate 25 Lacs of capex for construction & development of community center and deposit 1 crore in bank in the name of community center, the monthly interest will be sufficient enough to meet the operating expenses. By 2030 around 202000 villages will have the community center.

The nation will develop only when the citizens are healthy, educated, informed & positively self motivated. The day majority of the population will take the responsibility and get fully engaged in constructive activities, the fate of nation will change for sure.

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