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President desires to adopt 50 more villages from Haryana: CM Khattar

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said that the President Pranab Mukherjee, had expressed the desire to adopt 50 more villages in the state to develop them as smart villages.

Speaking on the concluding day of the Budget session of the Vidhan Sabha, he said the President had earlier adopted five villages in Haryana–Alipur, Daula, Harchandpur and Tajnagar in Gurgaon district, and Rozkameo in Mewat district–to develop them as smart villages in July, 2016. New initiatives in the field of health, skill development, infrastructure and agriculture have been taken in these five villages.

The CM said that the 50 new villages to be adopted were located within  5 km radius of those adopted earlier. These are Ghamdoz, Raiseena, Dhunaila, Hariyaheda, Garhi Bazidpur, Mohammadpur Gujjar, Mahendwada, Sanpki Nagli, Sohna rural located in 5 km radius of Alipur village.

The CM, on his own and on behalf of the House, expressed gratitude towards the President for expressing the desire to adopt these villages in Haryana.

Referring to the Vidhayak Adarsh Gram Yojna, the CM said that Rs.50 lakh per annum would be given for development of villages having a population less than 5,000 and Rs.1 crore per year to those having a population of between 5,000 and 10,000. In case the population of a village exceeds 10,000, the financial assistance would be Rs.2 Crore every year.

This amount would be continued up to 2019. Every member of the House can adopt another village for the next year under the scheme.