After smart cities, Rajasthan govt shifts focus to ‘smart villages’
JAIPUR: Chief minister Vasundhara Raje, while participating in state’s first digital classroom at an ITI on Thursday, said it is time to look beyond smart cities and announced that the state government would soon upgrade two villages to smart villages.
The chief minister was at Anta ITI where she took part in the state’s first digital classroom of Cisco Networking Academy, which has already developed three digital classrooms for ITIs in other states.
Raje, along with students, participated in a multi-node video conference with ITI students in Varanasi and Cisco headquarters in Bangalore etc. Speaking on the occasion, Raje said, “It is time that we looked beyond smart cities. It’s time for smart villages”. She urged students of the ITI to grasp this opportunity and equip themselves with skills that are global for a better future. Cisco officials assured the chief minister of setting up 25 ITIs in the state.
In the next phase, Cisco will take up one ITI each in the seven divisions of Rajasthan.
The digital classrooms would impart training to ITI students in technical skills, business skills and soft skills and at the same time, it will train master trainers. The course content would be global in nature and trainees would receive global certification, which would open up new opportunities of employment in India and abroad. On the second day of her Hadoti visit, the chief minister also announced a relaxation in norms for the small fly ash brick manufacturing units. Raje made the announced at a programme in Krishi Mandi, Baran, on Thursday.
“The small fly ash brick manufacturing units, which manufacture three lakh bricks every year, will no longer need permission from the State Pollution Control Board nor any environmental clearance,” she said.
Presiding over the ‘Antyoday and Divyang Shivir’, Raje also made announcements on developmental projects for the district, which included construction of roads and bridges at the cost of Rs 100 crore. During the camp for the differently abled, 11,181 people were included in the list of beneficiaries under various schemes. Addressing a large gathering, she said, “All attempts are being made to make Rajasthan a leading and developed state. A roadmap has been prepared to cover the untouched parameters of developments.” The chief minister laid the foundation for a new OPD ward and a new college and also inaugurated the newly constructed Maternal Child Hospital at Baran.