Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu recently started a ‘Smart Village-Smart Ward Towards Smart Andhra Pradesh’ scheme in West Godavari district of the state for inclusive growth of villages with mutual cooperation between villagers and corporate.
After launching the scheme at Velivennu village in the West Godavari district, Naidu went for an 18-km ‘padayatra’ to generate awareness among the villagers about the scheme.
Naidu told that AP government has set a target of about 20 development indicators like education, health and sanitation to eradicate inequalities in villages and to accelerate them on the path of comprehensive growth.
Under the scheme, villagers would have to devise a plan for development of their villages in areas of education, health, drinking water, roads, telecommunication network, skill development and others in assistance and co-ordination with corporates, business houses as well as NRIs. Naidu also appealed to people who migrated from the villages to foreign countries to contribute for the development of their native places.
He further said, “There should be toilets, drainages, good houses for all and nutritious food for all. The population is coming down. Today, nine lakh people are born annually. Soon, the number of those dying will increase and if the number of births comes down, you will see aged people like in Japan, where there are more old people. Even if you produce one or more children, there is no problem.”