The Chief Minister of Punjab, Prakash Singh Badal has urged all the state universities to become the agents of change and try to change the rural economy by evolving techniques and methods that can generate income for the farmers. He said that the majority of the village’s population depends on the outcome of agriculture in the state and thus they should be provided with ways to make farming more profitable. The universities were asked to make agriculture and allied farming sector profitable.
The CM interacted with the various chancellors and Vice Chancellors of different universities of the state while heading a review meeting of Integrated Village Development Programme. He boasted on the fact that the need of the hour is to make every rural household economically stable to make a “prosperous and progressive Punjab” He further said that this could be achieved if the universities in the state play a vanguard role and provide impact assessment report to the villages, giving emphasis over agriculture and allied farming.
He further said that under the Integrated Village Developmental Programme, each university could nurture five villages that are adopted by them. They would further receive support and cooperation from the state government and would need to submit a report regarding the loopholes in the implementation of schemes and policies that the government has initiated for the people of the state.
Under the scheme major areas like Health, Education, Agriculture and allied farming, water supply and sanitation, sports and skill development and employment would get addressed. The Chief Minister is happy with the preliminary reports submitted by the universities stating about the works that are being done by them in the villages and is hoping that the desired target could be achieved soon. According to him the programme would be reviewed every month.