Sustainable Development "Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs"
PURA paves way for sustainable rural development
PURA- is the dream programme initiated by His Excellency The President of India Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam for Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas. According to our president One of the important components of national development is PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) which will eliminate the rural-urban divide. This model can be followed by the other nations also.
The Mission of PURA:
The number of PURA units for the whole country is estimated to be 7000. This envisages integrated connectivity's to bring prosperity to rural India. These are - physical connectivity of the village clusters through quality roads and transport; electronic connectivity through tele-communication with high bandwidth fiber optic cables reaching the rural areas from urban cities and through Internet kiosks; and knowledge connectivity through education, vocational training for farmers, artisans and craftsmen and entrepreneurship programmes. These three connectivity's will lead to economic connectivity through starting of enterprises with the help of banks, micro credits and marketing of the products. Each PURA cluster will connect about 20-30 villages depending upon the region and population and will cost about Rs.100 crores. This is a viable and sustainable business proposition. After initial short-term employment during construction etc., we have to plan for initiating actions for providing regular employment and self employment opportunities in nationally competitive small enterprises in agro processing, manufacturing and services sectors for about 3000 people or more. If the industrial/business parks are marketed well, they can generate employment opportunities in support and services sector for about 10,000 people or more. This will provide sustainable economy for the rural sector leading to the removal of urban-rural divide. It will also help to ease out the growing slums in cities by making rural areas attractive habitats.