Empowering Goa with the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra Campaign

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Panaji: Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra Campaign was held today at Socorro village Panchayat Hall and Penha de Franca Panchayat in Porvorim. The Yatra was launched earlier on November 15, 2023, by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to ensure that people benefit from various schemes implemented by the Government of India. There are 17 flagship rural awareness programs in total. The program was inaugurated by the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Information Technology, Electronics, and Communications, Printing and Stationary, Government of Goa, Shri—Rohan A. Khaunte, who addressed the program as a pivotal moment in the empowerment of rural communities.

Today, officials from different departments gathered to explain and guide beneficiaries on various schemes such as Ayushman Bharat – PMJAY, PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission, PM Awas Yojana (Rural), PM Ujjawala Yojana, PM Vishwakarma and PM Kisan Sanman, including free health camps, cultural programs, and insights into major rural awareness schemes.

The initiative’s objective is to ensure that people benefit from various schemes implemented by the Government of India. There are 17 flagship rural awareness programs in total.

The government of India has also introduced Drone Technology to empower women to use Agri-Drones to harness the use of Drone Technology to minimize manual labor for spraying fertilizers and pesticides in farming. Additionally, an excellent initiative is being undertaken by providing robotic kits to differently-abled children, allowing them to learn and participate in the upcoming International Robotics Festival, which will be held in January of this year.

*The Honourable Minister of Tourism, Information Technology, Electronics, and Communications, Printing and Stationary, Government of Goa, Shri—Rohan A. Khaunte, expressed his thoughts about the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra Campaign, emphasizing the importance of national unity. “The Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra Campaign provides an opportunity to foster unity in our pursuit of a developed and united India. The campaign’s main objective is to spread awareness about various government schemes and initiatives. By promoting awareness, we intend to motivate citizens to take advantage of all of the benefits offered by these programs. We envision a collaborative approach in which we can contribute significantly to our country’s overall growth and development as a whole. Through these various schemes, individuals can take ownership of their sustainability and even start their businesses.”*

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawant, launched the Viksit Bharat Campaign from the Secretariat in Porvorim on November 15, 2023. The Tribal Ministry, Agriculture Ministry, and Information and Publicity Ministry all worked together to supply the State of Goa with three vans: two rural vans for the North Goa District and one tribal van for the South Goa District.

Every day, including Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, these Vans visit each Gram Panchayat in Goa, covering 04 Village Panchayats per day in North Goa District and 02 Village Panchayats in South Goa District.

Various departments, including Women and Child Development, RDA, Agriculture, Tribal, Health, Revenue, Education, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Cooperation, and Petroleum and Natural Gas, have delegated officers to Village Panchayats with application forms. These forms are provided to villagers, and completed forms are collected to ensure the reach and accessibility of government programs. The Health Department plays an important role by organizing health camps in each Gram Panchayat. Beneficiaries also share their stories through “Meri Kaahani Meri Jubani,” emphasizing the real impact of government programs.

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