New Delhi, Oct 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched an ambitious village development project under which each MP will adopt three villages and ensure their development.
Under the programme called the "Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana", each MP will take the responsibility of developing physical and institutional infrastructure in three villages by 2019.
The goal is to develop three model villages each by March 2019 of which one would be developed by 2016.
If nearly 800 MPs develop three villages each by 2019, around 2,500 villages will be covered, said the PM.
Thereafter, five such villages will be selected and developed by 2024.
The scheme is for the poor, farmers and villagers, Modi said.
Launching the project on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan, the PM underlined the need to formulate schemes in accordance with the changing times. The speed of change must also be increased, insisted the PM.
"Schemes are for every village but why is it that only a few of them stood out? Because some people there had different ways of thinking," the PM told audience at Vigyan Bhawan.
Invoking Mahatma Gandhi, the PM said the 'Father of the Nation' always spoke about villages. "He returned to India in 1915 and began to fight for the rights of people in villages."
Parliament should be involved with every aspect of rural development in India, insisted Modi.
Putting forward a condition, Modi said apart from his or her own village, MPs can select whichever village they want. Inspiring the Parliamentarians, Modi said he too has to select a village in his constituency Varanasi. He added that he has received the guidelines regarding this. "I will go there, discuss and decide," added the PM.
He further underlined that albeit development model has been supply-driven, yet through Adarsh Gram Yojana, he wants to make it demand-driven.
"Let us take interest and create an atmosphere where every person is proud of his or her village," added the PM.
The project aims to keep the soul of rural India alive while providing its people with quality access to basic amenities and opportunities to enable them to shape their own destiny.