I woke up from the bed hearing the SMS tone on my mobile. “Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge… At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom- Nehru”- the SMS read. It was 15th August this year. I eagerly waited for the speech of the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi from the historic Red Fort, who has a penchant for change. I listened to his entire speech for 65 minutes. Apart from his encouraging words, I found two areas, which can bring about change in the societal architecture of the rural India. The first is his concept of ‘Digital India’ and the second is ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ (Parliamentarian Model Village Scheme). I tried to co-relate both the concepts and my idea on C3, i.e. Community Communication Centre.
Mr. Modi’s dream of a Digital India in his speech is, “Digital India is plan not for the benefit of the rich……Digital India is a dream for the poor, with broadband connectivity”, by which, “we can ensure long-distance education” etc. etc. His scheme for model village goes like this- "One village for a constituency should be developed on the model grounds... If we have to build the nation we have to start from the villages." He also added, "If each MP (Member of Parliament) decides to develop three villages over five years, so many villages in the country would have seen progress." Mr. Modi’s vision is to develop 790 model villages by 2016, provided the Rajya Sabha MPs are also given the option to choose a village for development.
On the basis of infrastructural development including surface communication, provision for basic requirements like education, health care, energy, sanitation, nutritious foods, which upgrade the livelihood and create an effective work culture and entrepreneurial mindset? What should be the parameters to build a model village in India? I may be constrained by my limited knowledge to give a holistic comment. But, as a student of mass communication having some interest in community media and digital technology, I believe that in a model village, establishment of a C3 should get priority.
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