Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday urged industrialists and spiritual leaders to adopt the villages of Haryana to improve the living conditions of the rural people.
At a felicitation programme organised here by Manav Uthan Sewa Samiti, headed by former union minister Satpal Maharaj, Khattar said that spiritual leaders like Ramdev and Satpal Maharaj and some industrialists had agreed to adopt one village each in Haryana on the lines of the ‘Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’.
“Of the total 6,500 villages in the state, only 105 have been adopted by 90 legislators and 15 MPs (10 Lok Sabha and five Rajya Sabha members from Haryana). Since it should be a collective responsibility to see the development schemes being planned and executed, I need support from all,” said Khattar
“A few industrialists have contributed to model village programme, but I want each village in the state to be adopted by someone,” he said.
Without naming anyone, Khattar said despite several announcements made by the respective governments for the welfare of villages and villagers, there was hardly any improvement in this direction.
Khattar said that India had a rich cultural heritage where service for the downtrodden was an integral feature. Owing to the negative influence of the western culture, Indians were deviating from the path of the social responsibility and female foeticide was one such consequence, he added.