Creating cluster of ‘Rurban Villages’

Kohima, June 9 (MExN): The State Level Empowered Committee (SLEC) meeting on Shyama Prasad Mukherji Mission (SPMRM)/National Rurban Mission (NRuM) was held today under the chairmanship of Nagaland Chief Secretary, Pankaj Kumar IAS at the CS’s Conference Hall.

With Rural Development Department as the State Nodal Agency, the mission aims at development of a cluster of villages that preserve and nurture the essence of the rural community life with focus on equity and inclusiveness without compromising with the facilities perceived essentially urban in nature, thus creating a cluster of ‘Rurban Villages.’

A press release on the meeting held stated that out of the 20 sub districts in Nagaland, Pedi (Ngawlwa) cluster under Peren District was approved by the Government of India in the first phase under this mission.

The meeting deliberated on the main guidelines of the scheme, what has been done so far and what is required of the different line departments.

The Chief Secretary in his chairman’s remark lauded the efforts of the department for having started the implementation of schemes in the villages after thorough consultations with the villages. Towards this end, he urged the department to see that the implementation of schemes compliment the preparation done.

He advised that any suggestions about the schemes or change of places, members of the committee can do a study and come in terms with the guidelines about what changes should be done.

Kumar further proposed holding the next SLEC meeting at the project site so that the members can also witness the schemes which are already being implemented.

Delivering a power point presentation, Secretary RD, Kelei Zeliang said the objective of NRuM is to stimulate local economic development, enhance basic services, create well planned Rurban cluster and also for bridging the rural-urban divide viz, economic, technological and those related to facilities and services.

He informed that the cost of a cluster will be based on the requirements identified by the Integrated Cluster Action Plan, prepared by the States for the cluster and approved by the Empowered Committee of the Ministry of Rural Development.

Zeliang said the mission will cover programmes according to the needs of the selected cluster such as community hall buildings for all six villages, upgradation of schools, inter village road connectivity, coverage of village streets with lights, solid and liquid waste management, water supply and digital literacy etc. Towards this end, he called upon the concerned line departments to contribute in whichever way possible to make the mission a success, be it monetary, technical guidance or man power. The time period for this project is 3 years which will be followed by a period of 10 years for maintenance.

The meeting was attended by officials from Rural Development and representative from various line departments including Works & Housing, Agriculture, Health & Family Welfare, PWD, PHED, Education, IT&C, Transport, Urban Development, Labour and Employment, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

[ June 9, 2017]