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Modi Launches Village Transformation Plan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the ‘Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’, an ambitious village development project under which each MP will take the responsibility of developing physical and institutional infrastructure in three villages by 2019.

Speaking at the launch in New Delhi Mr. Modi said, under the scheme it is envisaged that under the leadership and through the efforts of Members of Parliament, one village would be developed by each MP by 2016.

He said on the basis of the model created by this experience, it is envisaged that two more villages would be developed by each MP by 2019 and that one village will be developed every year.

“We are nearly 800 MPs. If before 2019 we develop three villages each, we reach nearly 2,500 villages. If in the light of this scheme, the states also create a similar scheme for MLAs, then 6-7000 more villages can be added,” Mr. Modi said.

The Prime Minister also said that if one village is developed in a block, it is also likely to have a “viral” effect and development would permeate other villages also.

Speaking about the scheme, Mr. Modi said that there is flexibility and an MP is free to choose any village. The only condition is that it should not be his own village or that of his in-laws. “I also have to choose a village in Varanasi,” Mr. Modi said and added that he would go there, discuss and choose a village.

He said that till now the model of development being followed in the country has largely been supply driven. “In Delhi, Lucknow or Gandhinagar, a scheme is prepared and then an attempt is made to inject it everywhere. Through this ‘Adarsh Gram’ (scheme), we want to shift from supply driven to demand driven model,” he said.

He also said that atmosphere should be created where every person is proud of his or her village.

When iTimes.my interviewed a few Indians along Tengku Kelana Road for an opinion on Modi and his campaign, the begin shower him with praises. We wish a leader like him born in Malaysia, said a young lady. Within few months becoming a Prime Minister he has came up with so much of plans for the betterment of country. Here we have leaders who have been heating up seats for decades but failed to show even a portion of Modi’s leadership, said Murugu from Kapar. We believe only the leaders could answer them.

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