|Govt mulling smart villages|
GUWAHATI, April 2 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that the State government is mulling creation of smart villages to take the government’s commitment to inclusive growth and equal development of rural areas to their logical conclusion.
Speaking at the felicitation function of the winners of Mission Clean Guwahati Contest 2014 at NEDFi House here on Wednesday, Gogoi said that creating smart villages would lead to capacity building of the rural populace and decongestion of urban areas, which would again facilitate equal development of all the areas of the State. He also advocated creating health, education, entertainment, communication and employment avenues as prerequisites for creating smart villages. Moreover, pitching for smart cities, Gogoi said that his government would go for creating smart cities in harmony with nature to give a boost to the ecosystem, including the water bodies, hills and trees.
Gogoi also informed that considering the volume of garbage generated in Guwahati, his government has been taking several measures to convert the garbage into energy and advocated using the latest technology in this regard. The Chief Minister also said that plans are afoot for encouraging city dwellers to sell the garbage to the government as this would cut down the government’s expenditure on cleaning as the citizens would then instead of throwing the garbage in the open, collect and sell them to the government.
The function was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, in association with the Young Indians and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation to award the best performing NGOs in the Mission Clean Guwahati Contest 2014.
In sync with the programme, Gogoi handed over a key of a car and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to Suraj for securing the top rank in cleanliness in Ward No 14. Jiban Sathi Welfare Society of Ward No 10 and Bahnisikha Women and Child Welfare Society of Ward No 12 were given Rs 60,000 and Rs 40,000 respectively for bagging the second and third positions in the contest. As an incentive to their feat the winning wards would also get development funds of Rs 10 lakh, Rs 6 lakh and Rs 4 lakh respectively.