Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said on Friday that the state government wanted to make it easier for people in villages to access government services by increasing the number of digital services available in villages from 60 to 200.
Addressing a public meeting on the grounds of Dharmendrasinhji Arts College here, Patel said successive BJP governments in Gujarat have paid special attention to the development of rural areas and villages, as the former Premier pointed out. Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “When antyodaya (the ascent of the poorest) becomes the goal, good governance extends to the end… As the sushasan saptah (week of good governance) culminates here today in Rajkot with this event , we must continue the march of good governance. The late Atal ji believed that if the rural areas of the country became happy and wealthy, the entire nation would automatically become happy and wealthy. Only then will the overall development of the country be possible, ”Patel said at the public meeting that marked the end of the week-long celebrations by the state government.
Since Narendra Modi was elected Prime Minister in 2014, the state government has celebrated the last week of December as Good Governance Week in honor of Vajpayee. The festivities begin on December 25, the anniversary of the birth of the former Prime Minister.
The CM said his government aims to make 200 types of government services available online in villages as well, making them easily accessible to villagers. “Farmers will have access to a world of information on agriculture, organic products and a range of other topics at home in their villages through the online platform e-Gram. Today, almost every household has started to use the technology. Today, a memorandum of understanding has been signed by the company AgroTech and e-Gram Vishwagram with the aim of making all the services and benefits of the programs accessible online to the inhabitants of the villages. E-Gram centers have been established in more than 14,000 village panchayats across the state. To date, 60 types of services are available in e-Gram centers. But we want to increase that number to 200, ”Patel said.
The MoU was signed between the e-Gram Vishwagram Society and BVG AgroTech Private Limited in the presence of the CM at the public meeting. It aims to make agricultural intelligence available to farmers in the state.
Addressing the meeting earlier, Vipul Mitra, additional chief secretary (panchayat, rural housing and rural development), said that 14,200 e-Gram centers in the state provide services such as registering farmers for government buying crops, downloading copies of land registers, paying electricity and gas bills, etc. He said more than three million requests have been processed by these centers since April of this year. He added that as part of the Digital India initiative, 14.35 villages have been connected to the fiber optic network which provides high speed internet services.
Calling programs like Kisan Credit Card, Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana, etc. as gifts from Vajpayee, Patel said Gujarat was striving to develop villages when Narendra Modi was the CM.
“The rural development mahayagna initiated by the government of Gujarat under the leadership of Modi continues to this day. Gujarat was number one in the Good Governance Index recently announced by the Indian government. Gujarat’s model of good governance has reached not only the cities but also the villages. Villages with modern facilities have become the identity of Gujarat, ”Patel said at his first public meeting in Rajkot after being sworn in as CM in September this year.
The CM also presented government grant checks to the sarpanches of the village panchayats where the winners of the recent elections were unopposed and those panchayats were declared samras. “In the recent election of the village panchayat, 1,183 village panchayats were declared samras, including 116 mahila samras (where all members of the panchayat are women). Today, by awarding a grant of 63 crore rupees to these samra village panchayats, we are indicating a new direction of development, ”Patel said.
The CM said that 2.92 lakh of houses had been built in Gujarat under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin and that an additional 1.33 lakh was under construction. Former Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala, former CM of Gujarat Vijay Rupani, local BJP deputies and deputies were also present at the meeting.