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Smart Village Conclave: Bridging the Gap between Urban and Rural

A large population from villages is migrating to cities for jobs and a better standard of living. According to the Economic Survey’17, 8 to 9 million people migrate for work opportunities within India annually. The survey noted that there has been a rise in migration, which is supplemented by economic growth. The rate at which women migrated was almost twice the rate of which men migrated in the 2000s.The rise comes in spite of disincentives, such as domicile provisions for the working population, lack of portability of social benefits, legal and other entitlements upon relocation.

By 2050, it is estimated that more than half of India will be living in urban India. The devastating effects of natural calamities such as droughts and floods further accentuate rural-urban migration.

The government announced the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission to strengthen infrastructure in rural areas. This is a Public Private Partnership model while also using funds from various schemes. The aim of the scheme is to bridge the rural‐urban divide and to turn all villages into smart villages like smart cities project by ensuring facilities and services, stimulating local economic development while focussing on reduction in poverty and unemployment in rural areas, regional development, attracting investment in rural areas.

The 5th Smart Cities India 2019 Expo will host a 5th edition of “Smart Village Conclave” on 23 May 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi to address and lay forward the researches, solutions, opportunities associated with the creation of “Smart Villages”. This will help in exploring rural community development, practices and relevant policies with a focus on community-centric planning of affordable housing, infrastructure, sustainable development and growth, community empowerment and other issues.

Who will you meet:

  • Officials from Ministries
  • NGO’s
  • Academia
  • Influencers
  • Pradhan’s and Sarpanch’s
  • CSR Heads, etc.

Tentative Agenda

Day 2: 23 May 2019
Time Conference Room D: Smart Village Conclave
1400-1445 hrs Opening Session: Bridging the gap between urban and rural:
• Strengthen, implement and monitor the existing Schemes for Rural India
• Critical needs for improvement of the village’s economic and sociological environment
• Ideas for next 2 to 3 years
1445-1515 hrs Roleplay Session 1: Smart panchayats are making smart villages:
Few villages in India has been marching from “Swarajya to Surajya” through implementation of various community and welfare schemes of rural development. It is necessary that Gram Panchayats perform their duties and responsibilities by more programmes and self-governance, work as per their expectations with certain goal and with foresight for social, human, economic and personal development and become committed to increase citizen services, create atmosphere of healthy competition. The session will witness the roleplay stories from few villages that have become prosperous and smart.
1515-1530 hrs Tea break
1530-1615 hrs Corporate Session: Optimising CSR for Rural Development:
While rural development has always been a key area of focus for governments and a key determinant of political fortunes, it has also accepted by the corporate sector with the advent of mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Act. The companies have invested a lot through CSR grants for community development and infrastructure in rural areas. The session will explore the following:
• Common mistakes made by CSR when supporting rural development
• Focus on capacity building
• Participatory approach
• Collaborating with government
• Collective Impact
• Innovative models for CSR programs in rural development
1615-1700 hrs Tools for making smart villages self-sufficient:
Housing: Housing affordability, low-cost housing, materials selection, energy and water solutions, sanitation, reusability and recycling of waste, skill development, environmental design, disaster resilience, etc.
Infrastructure: Construction and maintenance of roads and other forms of infrastructure, access to education and health care, provision of services, including energy, potable water, waste and sewage management, creation of public spaces, ICT applications and operations, etc.
Economy: Building social capital, micro and community-led finance, income generation, farming support, crop selection and improvement, market access, pricing, various forms of tourism, etc
Sustainability: Environmental, Social, and Economic sustainability, etc.
Smart Governance: ICT and data-driven solutions, machine learning applications, alternative forms of governance, etc.

We invite you to be a part of Smart Village Conclave 2019 to stimulate the discussions and to showcase the solutions for transforming Rural India. There is no participation fee for attending the conclave. Submit your interest now.

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