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Rashtrapati Bhavan: Empowering Villages with Skill Training

Under the ‘Smart Gram’ Initiative Rashtrapati Bhawan trained the second batch of volunteers from the adopted village and youth volunteers were presented certificates for their training

The second batch of volunteers from villages adopted by Rashtrapati Bhavan  under the ‘Smart Gram’ Initiative were recently presented certificates on completion of their training under Skill development and Internship training programme at a function held in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Rashtrapati Bhavan had adopted villages-Dhaula, Alipur, Harchandpur and Rojka Meo-of Haryana last year. Volunteers from villages of Dhaula, Alipur, Harchandpur and Rojka Meo were imparted training for sixty days in traditional systems of medicine. Red Cross Society also provided First Aid training and the National Skill Development Corporation collaborated with Rashtrapati Bhavan with regard to Recognition of Prior Learning.  A total of five batches have been successfully trained at AYUSH Wellness Clinic of Rashtrapati Bhavan so far, of which those who given certificates were the second batch of trained volunteers from villages adopted by Rashtrapati Bhavan.

After presenting the certificates, Secretary to the President, Omita Paul said that the experiment of training in traditional systems of medicine at Rashtrapati Bhavan has resulted in a kind of movement focusing on AYUSH which is spreading. Already five batches of trainees have successfully completed their training at the AYUSH Wellness Clinic in Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

With the aim of giving relief to patients, efforts have also been made to connect traditional systems of medicines with the allopathic system. She urged the trainees to always have an open mind and remember that learning is a lifelong process. She also hoped that the training would not only benefit the volunteers but also the people of the villages where they came from. 

Last in November, Harynana Chief Minister Manohar Lal had inagurated several initiatives in Dhaula, Alipur, Harchandpur and Rojka Meo villages which were adopted by Rashtrapati Bhavan, under its Smart Gram Initiative. The initiatives included upgraded infrastructure in the Udyog Kunj Alipur, Smart Gram Consortium Office, Smart Gram Training Centre, Gram Sachivalaya, Smart Gram Wellness Centre, Water ATM, Initiation of work of up-gradation of distribution network of electricity of DHBVN, Women's Training by NIFTEM, Initiation of the work of construction of internal village road, Foundation Laying of building of Gramalaya, Distribution of energy efficient Chulhas and Sanitary Napkin Production Centre at Dhaula.

Haryana Government is providing financial and administrative support to the Smart Gram Initiative.

A smart village is a humane, hi-tech and happy village which ensures an enhanced quality of life that contributes to the harmony, happiness and well-being of all the villagers. A smart gram would have the required basic physical and social infrastructure with a layer of smart information and communication embedded in the infrastructure to improve governance and delivery of services, livelihood and economic opportunities.

The focus of Rashtrapati Bhavan is on creating a sustainable and inclusive development model that can be easily replicated. This model is based on the convergence of resources and effort by the central government, state government, district administration, panchayati raj institutions, public sector, private sector and enlightened villagers. 

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