PM Narendra Modi to launch Rurban mission from Chhattisgarh today

  • Ejaz Kaiser, Hindustan Times, Raipur
  • Updated: Feb 21, 2016 09:56 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Chhattisgarh on Sunday to launch the Centre’s ambitious Rurban mission. (Reuters File)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Rurban mission, aimed at improving the country’s basic infrastructure, at Dongargarh in Chhattisgarh on Sunday.

The Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban (rural-urban) project will focus on improving infrastructural facilities such as power lines, shelters, roads, drinking water connections and drainage, and creating community assets such as schools, colleges and health centres.

Multi-layered security measures have been put in place for the Prime Minister’s visit to Raipur as well as Dongargarh in the Maoist-infested Rajnandgaon district. Police personnel will maintain a strict vigil over an area of five square kilometres at Dongargarh, where Modi is expected to deliver a public address.

Announced by the BJP government at the Centre last year, the Rurban project replaces the UPA government’s Pura (Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) initiative. The other goals of the scheme include ensuring the development of a given area by creating clusters of villages with a population count of 25,000-60,000 and minimising rural migration to cities through skill development programmes.

According to officials, around 300 clusters of the kind will be created across the nation under the project. It will be initially taken up in the Rajnandgaon, Dhamtari, Kawardha and Bastar districts of Chhattisgarh.

During his visit to the state capital, Modi will also lay the foundation stones for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – the Prime Minister’s housing scheme – and an electronic manufacturing cluster at Naya Raipur.

Over 40,000 EWS and LIG houses will be built under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana, which aims to provide housing for all by 2022. The electronic manufacturing cluster will be developed on 70 acres of land at an estimated cost of `90 crore.

The Prime Minister will also launch the Chhattisgarh government’s Startup Policy 2016, which intends to attract investments to the state, at Raipur. After his Chhattisgarh visit, Modi will leave for Bargarh in Odisha to attend a public rally and then proceed to Kolkata for attending the centenary of Gaudiya Mission and Math.

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