July 08, 2016
Development adopted under the Prime Minister’s Smart City Mission is yet to begin, however, Akhilesh Yadav government has started a scheme ‘I-SPARSH’. This scheme has been initiated to develop the villages and prove that they can do better when it comes to any sort of development.
With an aim to bring qualitative change in the rural lifestyle, Akhilesh Yadav government has launched I-SPARSH to provide modern facilities to the villages of Uttar Pradesh. The project was announced by CM Akhilesh Yadav in the budgetary proposal for the 2016-17 with an allocated amount of Rs. 300 Crore.
What is I-SPARSH?
I-SPARSH stands for
I – Inclusive Growth, Income Enhancement and IT Solutions
S – Skill Development
P – Participation, People and Panchayati Raj
A – Adaption, Agriculture and Allied Services
R – Responsive Governance, Resilience and Recycle
S – Safety, Security and Sanitation
H – Health, Housing and Hygiene
Apart from the above areas of development, digitalisation and use of modern techniques in the villages is the main aim of this scheme.
A Big Step Towards Rural Development
Akhilesh Yadav has been running several rural initiatives like Kanya Vidya Dhan, solar power initiatives in rural areas, and agricultural initiatives which include Farmers’ Loan Waiver Scheme, Kisan Credit Card Yojna, Kisan Bazars, Bhumi Sena Yojna and Samajwadi Bima Care Card. Apart from these, the government has built AC toilets for women, provided electricity supply to rural areas along with Kamdhenu Yojna and various housing schemes.
Under I-SPARSH, the state government would equip the villages with solar power which includes solar lights and dynamo to charge a cell phone, install water purification plant, provide toilets, and low cost housing for everyone in the villages selected for the implementation of scheme.
All the rural development programmes – Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Samagra Gram Vikas Yojna, Lohia Awas Yojna, Janeshwar Mishra Gram Yojna and others have been linked to this new scheme of I-SPARSH to ensure the development of villages.
Modi Government’s Smart Cities Project Ignored Villages
Modi government’s ‘Smart Cities’ project has ignored villages while Akhilesh’s administration in Uttar Pradesh is focusing on “planned development of both rural and urban areas”. Ultra-modern townships scattered here and there would be of no use if the vast rural landscape connecting these smart cities are left undeveloped.
Uttar Hamara feels that governing Uttar Pradesh is a challenge and Samajwadi Party has met this challenge so far.