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Chandrababu mission to make each one to adopt a village
Narendra Ch | 06 Jan 2015

Taking clue from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has directed MPs to adopt each one village for integrated development, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chadnrababu Naidu has been formulating 'Smart Andhra Pradesh', a flagship program, asking Corporates and NGOs, besides politicians and people's representatives each to adopt one village in the state.

He has also formulated 20 non-negotiable indicators for a smart village. Those indicators include compulsory power, gas, road and drinking water, individual toilets, 100% literacy, no maternal or infant deaths, broadband connectivity, no child marriages among others.

The other indicators could be taken up on competitive spirit basis. But, Chief Minister asserts they cannot compromise on the 20 key indicators. They have to be implemented.'

At a meeting held with the representatives of Corporates and NGOs, he discussed draft plan including 20 non-negotiable indicators for a smart village. The Chief Minster said that the draft will be finalized based on suggestions from experts in various fields.

Chandrababu Naidu is targeting 16,000 VIPs and High-Network Individuals (HNIs). He has invited NRIs, NRVs (Non-Resident Villagers), Industrialists, Ministers, MPs, MLAs, Celebrities, IAS, IPS and IFS officers to adopt villages. If more than one person comes forward to adopt a village, a lead partner will be identified in the group and he/she, along with other partners, will work with villagers.

Each time an NGO or a Corporate achieves an indicator or a set of indicators and sets higher targets, they can inform the Planning Department. The Planning Department will then make the data available online and publicize the best practices used by a Corporate or an NGO in achieving targets.

The Chief Minister assured NGOs that the government will soon provide them with a village-level status report for them to work on the indicators and identify problem areas. 'Every year, we will review your progress and improvement in indicators and publicize it if you achieve positive results,' he added.

"We are also planning to establish an institution for 'Swachh Bharat' which will monitor construction of Individual Household Laterines (IHL), public toilets, sanitation and waste management," the Chief Minister said. Suggesting NGOs and Corporates to follow a result-oriented approach, the Chief Minister said that they can either give a theme-based support (i.e. to work on a particular issue and pioneer it) or work at the community level in capacity building and impart skills.

Suggesting NGOs and Corporates to follow a result-oriented approach, the Chief Minister said that they can either give a theme-based support (i.e. to work on a particular issue and pioneer it) or work at the community level in capacity building and impart skills.

Meanwhile, NGOs have requested the Chief Minister to have an integrated institution with NGOs and government officials to implement smart village concept. Organizations like CII, FAPCCI, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, COWE, IL&FS and heads of NGOs from across the state participated in the meeting.