• Modi govt to soon launch smart villages project: Rajnath

    After launching smart city project, Modi-led NDA government at the Centre would soon launch “smart village” project in a bid to ensure all-round development of the villages.

    While inaugurating the exhibition on crop insurance scheme at Ganna Sansthan on Saturday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that those who were critical of the Modi government that villages were not being made smart, the fact is that soon a project to make villages smart would be launched.

    In the first phase, the Centre proposed to convert around 300 villages throughout the country as smart, Rajnath said and added that such villages would have better infrastructure, connectivity and improved irrigation system to name a few.

    To a question on Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s allegation that the Centre was responsible for the underdevelopment of Bundelkhand, Rajnath said that the UP government should fulfil its responsibility instead of indulging in blamegame.

    The Centre was ready to cooperate with the state governments wherever the need will be, the Home Minister further said.
    Once again showering praise one former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Singh said that when the former PM had talked about linking rivers for better irrigation and ensuring balance, many people had criticised and termed the project as impossible.

    However, now the river linking project was going on successfully at several places including Madhya Pradesh, where linking of two rivers have been almost completed, the Union Minister said and added with this river linking project would be further expedited.

    The Home Minister later visited Integral University where Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah joined him. Both Heptullah and Rajnath had come for the launching of skill development mission at 10 madrassas.

    Expressing surprise over being invited for the first time in this university, Rajnath said that next time round he would not only come to the University but will also have interaction with both students and faculty of the university. 

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