Rural and Village Cluster Development as Integrated Units .

  1. A brand-new holistic approach needs to be undertaken for the composite development of rural villages or village clusters in line with The Policy for The Integrated Development of The Village-Rural-Agro Sector that is laid out under the new Policy for the Economy management of India.
  2. The Rising India Party suggests the following Rural-scape development Policy Framework for the people of India to consider:
  3. The Policy suggestions would apply to large Villages or to smaller village clusters in contiguous areas that would be clubbed together to form economically viable units for integrated development of Rural-Scapes.
  4. The Public-Private partnership models would be the preferred frame to implement the vision
  5. Private sector investment and participation would be actively sought in changing and developing the rural development story.
  6. The Policy will need the entire population of these clusters to be on-board with the suggested initiatives though the government would give the required nudge where needed.
  7. Villages that still boast the ancient atmosphere, mud-huts, bullock carts, bullocks plying fields, Persian wells etc. would be designated as “tourist villages” and developed and promoted as such.
  8. These would be modernized keeping the atmosphere intact within a frame where new construction is modern, but the overlay or façade is ancient, such as interior and exterior mud walls over brick, brick or stone paved wide roads for bullock carts and cycles, normal motor able roads for cars and heavy vehicular traffic and so on.
  9. Village clusters that have become the copy of their small-town cousins in hodgepodge construction, filthy by-lanes, unprocessed waste, cesspools of long standing water and so on, would be slated for “normal” consolidated development narrative laid out in this work.
  10. Consolidated infrastructure to cater to civic services of sanitation, garbage collection and processing would be built to bring about rapid economic and life-style change to these largely neglected areas as for our cities.
  11. Since village clusters have large domestic cattle populations, animal dung collection and processing plants would be built to use methane and other gases for household gas supply through pipe lines laid underground, and for the mass production and sale of organic fertilizer to the farmer to replace, at least partly, chemical fertilizers thus improving the food chains and agriculture production
  12. Such a development would provide an income to the animal owners who would be paid a small sum for their animal dung.
  13. Households burning dried animal dung for fuel would be supplied with gas connections to eliminate atmosphere pollution on a mass scale thus improving the air quality of the country.
  14. Means tested models for charges for infrastructure built would be employed to recover costs and create on-going income in the larger landlords and those have agriculture incomes would be charged small subsidizes amounts while the poor would get free facilities till they are lifted above the threshold lines as set from time to time.
  15. For the poorest segments in village societies the issues of dwellings would be resolved through a public-private partnership model of a rebuild of the village where all dwellings for the poor would go into small areas of two or three floors or four floors as required, with built in space, one or two spare rooms, they can use market and house tourists to create income
  16.  Areas from where farmers can sell or trade his produce would be integrated into these developments with the government funding cold-chains in public-private partnership models to lift the agri-income of the nation’s small marginal and large farmer.
  17. The government would encourage the building of food processing units in partnership with the private sector based around the areas food production patterns.
  18. This would both diffuse industrial activities widely and reduce costs while uplifting the economic development of large swathes of the countryside.
  19. All traditional old Havelis or houses, would be declared protected buildings that cannot be demolished and can be only altered or addition-built using the old architecture model to not disturb the look and feel of the dwelling.
  20. Old houses and havelis etc. were often built with small bricks; the government would set up at least one mid-capacity plant for making small bricks and offer to private sector entrepreneur to take up the project.
  21. All owners of such dwelling would be enabled to turn these into tourist guest houses if they wish creating an income opportunity for the area
  22. Any family desiring to take advantage of potential tourist income would be permitted to showcase the joint family system-structure to foreign and domestic tourists through offering them guest-rooms to stay for a price, with the view to participating in the life of Indian joint families; living and eating with them to taste an India not many foreigners know.
  23. Such a model would be a huge attraction for foreigners and indeed Indians who have walked away for that ancient and enriching life-style.
  24. It would also quickly build India’s soft power projection on the world stage that would be a huge influence in garnering goodwill around the world even as it changes the world view of India, which presently is the worst possible.
  25. While the joint family structure of life-narrative has held through millennia and, until now has been beneficial in holding the civilization and the country together, in managing the family unit’s stresses, while providing support systems to children and grandchildren; it started breaking down 40 years ago, to the nation’s and society’s detriment, by the younger generation’s headlong rush to western life-style modes.
  26. This happened because the traditional families did not evolve to accommodate the changing needs; this must be reversed to the extent possible through policy initiatives of the government as laid out herein.
  27. Where possible, our ancient systems need to evolve to come in line with modern reality while retaining the old flavor and thus maintaining a rich and mutually supportive life pattern of the generation-gapped population.
  28. The governments of India, since independence have been totally responsible for a variety of reasons why India didn't become the greatest nation on the world stage, and for causing impediments to the rapid unleashing of the country's energy, creativity, and rapid growth.TO BE ADDED

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