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300 ‘smart’ villages to be developed in Gujarat: CM


Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel said on Sunday her government has decided to make 300 villages across the state self-reliant on the lines of smart cities.

“Now that the concept of smart cities has reached smart villages, the government has decided to make 300 villages self-reliant, clean and hygienic during this year,” Patel said in an official release.

Patel was in Chhotaudepur town of Vadodara district to attend state-level foundation day celebrations.

Announcing a slew of measures on the occasion, Patel in her message said, “the government will set up a tribal university in Narmada district, over 100 smart Ashram shalas, 10 new hostels for tribal girl students at a cost of Rs 3 crore, besides ‘Samras’ hostels at a cost of Rs 10 crore.”

“The government has a 33% quota in jobs for women under which 2,800 women have been employed in the police department. There is a plan to provide jobs to 22,000 women this year,” she said.

This is in addition to providing 300 square metre land and Rs 5 lakh assistance to milk societies run by women to construct milk houses, besides providing chilling centres, milking machines and chaff cutters to 2.50 lakh Sakhi Mandals (self-help Groups).

To realise the goal of health for all, Patel said, “we have started certain key schemes like screening of 78 lakh women to test breast, cervical and mouth cancer besides treatment of 1,018 women cancer patients in super speciality hospitals free-of-cost, relief for poor and middle-class families under Amritam-Ma Yojna.”

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