Punjab government is all set to provide essential amenities in villages at par with urban areas. Working in this direction 200 villages of the state are being developed as smart villages and the work would be completed by the end of fiscal year 2016-17.
Envisioning the villages of state as unemployment, illiteracy and poverty free units, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal has also announced to felicitate three top performing sarpanches of villages, working towards achieving this goal, in a state level function on Independence Day. The Chief Minister said that the holistic growth of villages was the need of hour to give further impetus to all round development of state. The Chief Minister said that as majority of population of state live in villages so the state government was committed to ensure unprecedented development there. He said that state government was committed to provide facilities at par with cities.
Under this visionary approach of the Chief Minister, 200 smart villages would be equipped with facilities like 4G connectivity, solar street lights, sewa kendars, sewerage and drainage facilities, bank branch and model school etc.
State government is working to fill the gaps in physical infrastructure in rural areas by creating school buildings, health dispensaries, Dharamshalas, clean drinking water, sports facilities etc.
Punjab government is working on the project to provide 24 hour power supply to 100 percent rural population. 8263 Deras and Dhanis had already been identified, which are soon to be connected with 24 hours Urban Pattern Supply (UPS).
In a major relief to small and medium farmers who do not possess any tubewell connections, government has initiated scheme to provide tubewell connections on priority to farmers who have applied for the same and have land holdings below 2.5 acre. Till date 1.65 lac tubewell connections had been provided to various categories of AP applicants.
Under National Rural Livelihood Mission, the state government will ensure adequate coverage of vulnerable sections of the society. Moreover, in a bid to provide facilities to self-help groups, a pilot project has been started in 14 blocks of seven districts of the state.