Pranab: Committed to rural development

Former President Pranab Mukherjee with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar during a function at Nayagaon village in Gurugram district on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Gurugram: Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday inaugurated projects in two Gurugram villages adopted under the Smartgram Yojana by his foundation in 2016.

“The aim of the (Pranab Mukherjee) foundation and the scheme is to ensure inclusive development through community participation. It will take efforts of government departments, NGOs, corporates and residents to transform the fate of villages,” he said said while sharing the dais with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

He, along with Khattar, inaugurated Gramalya in Harchandpur village and Happiness Square in Nayagaon village.

“The aim of the Happiness Square is to increase the happiness index of Nayagaon and nearby villages. The villges can be developed by strengthening 4 H’s — happiness, humanity, high-tech and harmony. The square’s four corners will symbolise this. People will be given free happiness courses and will have happiness café as well,” Mukherjee said, adding his foundation was committed to rural development.

The foundation has claimed to have adopted 100 villages so far.

Khattar, while addressing the gathering, said his government’s priority was rural development.

“The development of cities alone is not development in true sense. We want to reduce the divide between cities and villages. The government has undertaken multi-crore initiatives,” he added.

The foundation had started with adopting five villages in Mewat — Alipur, Daula, Harchandpur, Tajpur and Roz Ka Meo. Later, the number jumped to 50. Last month, it adoped 100 villages.

Source: The Tribune

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