Date: 16th January 2015
Villages are the backbone of a country. Rural Development is a significant issue, especially in a country like India where more than 65% of the population resides in villages. Keeping Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals alive, our current Prime Minister had developed a model in his state, which has caught the eye of the people around the world. He plans to extend that model all over India, he had once mentioned that he dreams of a time, when the villages will be more prosperous than the city.
5 H program of Art of Living, Homes for the homeless, Health care, Hygiene, Human Values and Harmony in diversity, is completely aligned with PM’s vision and projects in:
- Rural Home
- Integrated Water Management Programme
- Tirtha Gram – where crime rate has been reduced to nil or less than 2% and people of all caste, creed, colour, gender and age feel safe.
- The Panchavati Yojna aimed at preserving the cultural heritage of the village, keeping the forest cover.
Art of Living, for many years have been working in the same lines, building model villages around the country; we have already built one in Kathewadi and plan to build more such villages in future. SSRDP wing of Art of Living is responsible for the rural projects and they have been working relentlessly, all over India, for solar electrification of villages, providing safe drinking water, sanitation and teaching the villagers human values and getting them in touch with their roots. The model village in Kathewadi is not different from the Tirtha Gram of PM’s dream
Pujya Gurudev has been repeatedly telling us to empower the villages, so that people need not shift from villages to the city, in search of jobs. Villages are the roots of India; they form the backbone of our culture. Rural India still values and respects our heritage, which is getting completely lost in modern, urban, India. Decrease in value system in urban India has also resulted in increase in crime. Only solution, to this increasing menace,is developing strong and prosperous villages.
Moreover for a country to flourish, its villages should prosper, and the prosperity of villages lies to a great extent on good governance and people’s participation. The emphasis is on an all round development, which includes economic, social, political, environmental and infrastructural factors. Alleviation of poverty should be done through provision of basic amenities and infrastructural facilities and creating better livelihood opportunities. This can be done through innovative schemes and programs. Implementing these programs can be done, taking help of local bodies and non-governmental organizations.