Taking clue from prime minister Narendra Modi's `Smart Cities' programme, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched 'Smart Village -Smart Ward' programme at Velivennu village in West Godavari district on Sunday, by commensing his 18-km-long 'padyatra' covering seven villages. 'This programme aims at people's participation in every village for its comprehensive development.
The people from the villages have to formulate a plan for its development, particularly for education, health, drinking water, roads, telecommunication network, skill development and others by involving the corporates, business houses, NRI and others.
He had earlier asked the people who have migrated from villages either to foreign countries or other places in the country to participate in the development of their native places. In response, a number of people announced their participation in the development of their native villages.
The launch of the programme coincides with 19th death anniversary of Telugu Desam founder and former Chief Minister N T Rama Rao, whom Mr Naidu paid tributes today at the village. He interacted with the villagers and enquired about the present conditions there and also future plans for its development.
On the occasion, he also inaugurated a community hall constructed by the villagers with their own funds and contributions from the natives settled at other places. He continued his padyatra from the village, walking through Settipeta, Tallapalem, Singavaram, Nidadavolu, Chagallu villages, concluding Brahmanagudem with a public meeting.
Earlier, Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao has directed all the district collectors to conduct a Padayatra in each village to signal the launch of the program by involving all functionaries, especially the Gram Sarpanch, members of the panchyat, the ANM, the Asha Worker, Anganwadi Workers, local teachers and other village level officials.
The Chief Secretary explained in detail the salient features of the 20 major points of the Smart Village/Ward program to the collector and requested them to roll out an action plan for achieving all the goals set forth in the program.
They were also requested to identify individuals from the village holding places of eminence within the country or abroad and get their contacts and utilize their services for the development village/ward. The Planning Department was requested to prepare profile of each Ward and Gram Panchtyat and place it on the state government website for further planning of development activities at village level.