Smart Cities Vs Smart Villages
In 2011 about 48% of India's 1.21 Billion population was from 0 to 23 age group, of this about 72% is from Rural India. Over next 10 years, India needs to an employee about 300 Million (30 crores) fresh graduates/ dropouts. India needs to develop Infrastructure to support massive population growth. To develop sustainable and living cities and villages, the government needs to implement the blueprint it has prepared. Efficient and timely execution of following budgeted schemes will enable young India to dream and achieve personal and national goals.
Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, NRuM, and its replication by state governments,
100 Smart Cities to be managed by Special Purpose Vehicles,
Retrofitting the 500 cities through AMRUT,
National Smart Grid Mission,
Digital India and e-governance,
Defense Manufacturing in India,
Promote Make in India,
Quality Ports, Road and River links,
Mission to Double Farmers Income,
Stand-up and Start-up,
Financial Inclusion and Cashless Transactions,
Credit based Quality Education system,
Health-care (Preventive and Post),
Affordable Housing and Swachh Bharat.
Structured implementation of above schemes in coordination with Smart-cities, AMRUT, and Adarsh Gram Yojana programs will result into development of viable and sustainable modern cities with villages as a smart and living neighborhood. This will eventually lead to lesser migration to cities and migration back to villages. It will help induce transformation in all industries and specifically unleash India's enormous tourism potential.
The government needs to overcome the number of challenges including transparency and accountability in administration, up-skilling of government employees, automated and integrated program management, engaging local consulting firms with an ability to innovate and automate as per local needs, industry regulations and best practices. The culture of allowing the government to engage big names as consulting firms to disown and transfer the responsibility has to stop.