BENGALURU: Taking a leaf from the UPA regime, which in 2009-10 launched a successful populist scheme creating model villages in the country, the state government on Wednesday announced the launch of the chief minister model village programme.
Modelled on the lines of the pradhan mantri adarsh grama yojana, the mukhya mantri adarsh grama yojana will see the development of 150 most backward villages in the state. Social welfare minister H Anjaneya told reporters here that the government will be launching the scheme under the scheduled castes plan and tribal sub-plan (SCP/TSP) and that the rural development and panchayat raj department will take the lead in identifying the 150 villages in the state.
“The only criterion we are fixing is the 150 villages need to have at least 50 per cent of the population from the SC and ST community,” Anjaneya said. Of the 150 villages, the department has asked the RDPR to identify 100 villages with 50 per cent or more SC population and 50 villages with 50 per cent or more of ST population for the project this year.
It is said there are close to 2,000 villages in the state which has more than 50 per cent population from the SC/ST community. Anjaneya said as much as Rs 150 crore has been earmarked for the project, with Rs one crore per village. The UPA under the PMAGY had allocated Rs 40 lakh per village. The model villages will be given all infrastructural amenities including purified drinking water, electricity, roads, sanitary lines, proper housing, community halls etc to make it a model village.
Meanwhile, Anjaneya also announced that he will be ringing-in the new year this time from a ST village in Baindur assembly constituency. As part of his village stay programme, Anjaneya will be living in Murooru Koragara Haddi in Udupi on December 30 and December 31.
Taking note of the situation in Diddahalli village of Kodagu district, where the Jenu Kuruba tribals have been fighting for housing, social welfare minister H Anjaneya said the department will be providing 13 acres of their own land in Kodagu district for the tribals.
“We will develop the 13 acres land into a layout and provide housing to the tribals there,” he said. Anjaneya said he will be visiting Diddahalli on December 23 to meet the tribals who have been on protest in the place for the last 15 days.
Credits ET Realty