Prime Minister Modi on October 11, 2020, launched a property card scheme titled “SVAMITVA”. The card will give people, especially those living in villages, legal documentation of their property. The scheme is part of Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India--the new India envisaged by the PM). The record of property ownership will allow new avenues of investment options for people residing in villages, help them access bank loans and boost their overall confidence. Rural India has been the focus point of the prime minister’s pet projects; Digital India, is another project that aims for last-mile connectivity across India. The government is in the process of implementing the BharatNet project--the backbone of Digital India which is also the world’s largest rural connectivity scheme--in a phased manner to provide broadband connectivity to all the Gram Panchayats (nearly 2.5 lakh) in the country. The project is in Phase 2. The government is expecting to complete it by August 2021.
With huge disparities existing vis-a-vis accessibility of healthcare, banking, educational institutions and employment opportunities, it’s important to keep the spotlight on the rural sector, to reduce the gap between urban towns and villages. Please browse through the latest Tatsat Communique for more such stories.
Sumi Gupta, Director, Tatsat Foundation