Chandigarh November 16: While laying emphasis on the need for maintaining the balance of population in rural and urban areas, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that there was a need to evolve a formula for ensuring the development of rural areas at par with urban areas so that migration of people to urban areas could be checked.
Mr Manohar Lal who was addressing an Orientation Programme of Vidhayak Adarsh Gram Yojana here today said that our soul resides in the villages and if we want to see our country and state happy and prosperous, first of all we have to make our villages prosper.
Cabinet Ministers, Ministers, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and MLAs participated in the Orientation Programme. He said that this being not a political initiative, all Members of Legislative Assembly should become a part of this scheme and contribute towards rural development irrespective of any political party.
The Chief Minister said that the main aim of the Vidhayak Adarsh Gram Yojana was to ensure the socio-economic development of villages by ensuring the active participation of people. Under this scheme, each MLA would have to develop three villages by September, 2019 in which, first village would be developed up to March, 2017, second up to September, 2018 and third up to September, 2019. The MLAs would have to choose first village up to December 1, 2015, second up to May 1, 2016 and third up to November 1, 2017. He said that villages with population ranging between 3,000-7,000 in ground areas and between 1,000-3,000 in hilly areas could be taken up by the MLAs for development. He said that it was not mandatory for the MLAs to choose village from his own constituency. They could opt for villages of their choice from other constituencies also, he added.
He said that besides the implementation of Vidhayak Adarsh Gram Yojana and Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, prominent personalities who are the residents of the village but reside in other parts of country and even abroad would also be asked to adopt their village. Similarly, educational inistitutes like universities, colleges, social organizations, NGOs and religious organizations could also be roped in for this purpose.
The Chief Minister asked the MLAs to identify such persons and organizations in their respective assembly constituencies and persuade them to adopt villages. While referring to the GRAVIT Yojana implemented for rural development, the Chief Minister asked the MLAs to constitute an 11-member committee of youth in the villages adopted by them so as to ensure their participation in the development of villages. Besides, he also asked them to constitute Social Audit Committees in these villages. The committees would comprise of village sarpanch, panch, former sarpanch and other prominent people of the village and would monitor the expenditure on various development works. He said that the MLAs would also ensure that the meeting of gram sabhas was held at regular intervals and the decisions taken in the meeting were properly endorsed.
He said the people felt that their responsibility was over after casting their ballot and they hoped that the elected representatives would do the rest themselves. He said that this thinking has to be changed. The Chief Minister said that we have to inculcate feeling of mutual cooperation among the people so as to ensure their participation in the development of villages. Recalling that former Prime Minister Mr Rajiv Gandhi used to say that out of one rupee only 15 paisa reaches the people, he stressed the need to change the behavior of people to break this circle of corruption.
Earlier, Chief Minister released the brochure of Vidhayak Adarsh Gram Yojana and Swa-Prerit Adarsh Gram Yojana.
Speaking on this occasion, Agriculture and Development and Panchayats Minister Mr O.P. Dhankar said that it was a matter of concern that the population in urban areas has been constantly increasing while the rural areas have witnessed a sharp decline in the population as since Independence not much attention was paid towards the development of villages. He said that if we provide all basic facilities in the villages, we could check the migration of people to urban areas. He urged the MLAs to develop the villages adopted by them under the Vidhayak Adarsh Gram Yojana and develop these villages as role models for other States also.
Additional Chief Secretary, Development and Panchayats Mrs Navraj Sandhu gave detailed presentation on Vidhayak Adarsh Gram Yojana.
Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mr Kanwar Pal, Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu, Transport Minister Mr Krishan Lal Pawar, Public Health Engineering Minister Mr Ghanshayam Saraf, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Mr Krishan Kumar, BJP State President Mr Subhash Barala, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr Bakshish Singh Virk, other Ministers and MLAs were also present on this occasion.
Among those other, who were present on this occasion included Haryana Chief Secretary Mr D.S Dhesi and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr R.K Khullar.