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Model Village Resource Centre to be set up in backward areas

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 9 (UNI) A model Village Resource Centre for backward areas will be set up within three months time as part of the space technology enabled Village Resource Centres (VRC) programme being developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Minister of Rural Development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said today.

Inaugurating a National Consultation on Rural Technology and Development and the future role of CAPART here today, Dr Singh called upon the scientists to develop technology for the benefit of village farmers for skill development and income generation.

New technologies for improved production should be made available to farmers which will be suitable to the different agro-climatic conditions, he added.

The CAPART should also develop special policies for making available the benefits of latest technologies for improving the life of poor farmers. CAPART should also publicise its new model of development through which the economy of the rural areas will not only be strengthened but also be made sustainable for a long time through the medium of voluntary institutions, the Minister added.

The programme of Village Resource Centre being implemented by the satellite communication programme of ISRO is setting up 85 centres for collecting data on land use, wasteland mapping and forest development.

The main emphasis of the programme would be on making available developmental benefits to rural areas like tele-health, tele- education and emergency communication. Started about one and half years ago this programme is to be set up in 300 centres in the future.

Director General CAPART Veena S Rao said that the efforts of the organisation will be to draw up model schemes for addressing the problems of critical areas which are responsible for the poor socio- economic status of rural communities. CAPART could collaborate with other ministries and agencies with rural technology programmes for identification, development, dissemination and transfer of appropriate technology packages in rural areas to bridge the technological gaps especially in rural non-farm sector, education and health, she added.

The two-day National Consultation on Rural Technology and Future Role of CAPART is being attended by scientists and representatives of voluntary organisations associated with CAPART.


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