Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu today gave a clarion call to people of the state wherever they are to come forward to eradicate the poverty and backwardness from the state by adopting villages and wards in the state.
Addressing an unusually large Teleconference with about 8000 people across the globe, who adopted the villages and wards, he sought help from them to make “Smart Village and Smart Ward” program a success. So far 7,978 General Partners and 4,767 Sector Partners have been identified for the development of their adopted villages/wards. Appreciating their noble gesture of spending nearly Rs 300 crore on modernization works in their respective villages/wards, the CM said a web portal for real-time monitoring had also been launched. Naidu also announced that an independent body headed by a CEO will be set up to monitor the progress of government’s flagship program “Smart Village/Smart Ward”.
The objective of the program is realize the key indicators like 24x7power, gas, road and drinking water, individual household toilets, 100% literacy, prevention of maternal or infant mortality, broadband connectivity, eradication of child marriages etc.
He has invited NRIs, NRVs (Non-Resident Villagers), Industrialists, Ministers, MPs, MLAs, Celebrities, IAS, IPS and IFS officers to adopt villages. The Chief Minister also appreciated the 600 active partners who had already completed a baseline survey of their respective adopted villages and wards.