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Union Urban Development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced the list of 98 cities nominated for the Smart City Mission, saying a population of 13 crore across these cities will be covered under the initiative.

“There are 13 cities from Uttar Pradesh, 12 from Tamil Nadu, 10 from Maharashtra, seven from Madhya Pradesh, three each from Bihar and Andhra Pradesh included in the list,” Naidu told media persons at an interaction here.

“Smart cities need smart people. We need people’s co-operation to move forward in our mission,” he added.
The central government proposes to give financial support to the extent of Rs.48,000 crore to these cities over the next five years, Naidu said.

“Around 13 crore population across 98 cities will be covered under the Smart City Mission. Making them smart will make them engines of economic growth besides giving decent life to the citizens,” he said.

Nine capital cities that were not nominated for the mission include Itanagar, Patna, Shimla, Bengaluru and Kolkata.
The minister said the prime motive of the initiative was to enhance urban life. “The mission is very practical and realistic,” he added.

(IANS)

 

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu Feels Need to Protect Mother Tongue

Earlier in the day, Naidu paid condolences to the family of late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who died after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer on March 17

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Urban Development Minister of India M. Venkaiah Naidu. Twitter

Unlike the Latin American countries, India due to its size, tradition and wisdom withstood attempts by the Western colonisers to destroy its indigenous culture, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said here on Sunday.

Addressing students and officials at the National Institute of Oceanography, Naidu said along with the economic reforms, India attracted investments from other countries because it is one of the world’s oldest surviving civilisations.

“I have been to Latin American countries. I asked people there about their mother tongue and whether they were promoting it or not. Many of them do not even know their mother tongue,” Naidu said.

“When I asked them what happened, they said we were under Spain and our language got lost,” he said.

“The colonial rulers first try to attack your culture and then destroy everything. British tried it in context of India. They made English a qualification for jobs, but because of our size, culture and wisdom of people they could not succeed,” he said.

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Venkaiah Naidu. Wikimedia Commons

Naidu said the mother tongue helps articulate original thoughts, which make it imperative for everyone to learn and understand it.

The Vice-President also said the global business community were keen on investing in India not just because of recent economic reforms and stability, but also because of the ancient Indian civilisation and culture.

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“People appreciate of our culture because we are one of the oldest civilisations. We have never attacked any country,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Naidu paid condolences to the family of late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who died after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer on March 17. (IANS)

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