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New Delhi: Union Cabinet today approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ministry of urban development and Bloomberg Philanthropies to support the development of smart cities.

The union cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The proposal entails Bloomberg Philanthropies to work as knowledge partner and support the development and execution of cities challenge under the Smart Cities Mission,” an official statement said.

The cabinet has already approved the Smart Cities Mission, launched by the prime minister.

The proposal under the Smart Cities Mission seeks to facilitate the creation of quality urban infrastructure that will lead to the improvement in the quality of urban life.

“Bloomberg Philanthropies Government Innovation Initiatives equip mayors and local leaders with practical tools and approaches to solving major challenges and enable public sector innovation to flourish,” the statement added.

As knowledge partner, Bloomberg Philanthropies will also support the ministry in helping design and manage the cities challenge.

There is no financial implication for the government, as the cost implications to the activities done in supporting the mission would be incurred by Bloomberg Philanthropies, it said. Varanasi, constituency of PM Modi is going to be one of the first city to come under the initiative of smart city. (IANS), (image courtesy: smartcity.eletsonline.com)

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Rajasthan Government comes up with Smart Village initiative, Inspired by Centre’s Smart Cities Mission

At the 'Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) 2016' in Jaipur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said Dhanora village in Dhaulpur was selected to be developed as Smart Gram on pilot basis

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A Village in Rajasthan. Flickr

Jaipur, November 11, 2016: The Rajasthan government has come up with the Smart Village initiative — on the lines of the central government’s Smart Cities Mission.

At the ‘Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) 2016’ in Jaipur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday said Dhanora village in Dhaulpur was selected to be developed as Smart Gram on pilot basis.

“We will have to focus on small things to build smart cities. Under the Smart Gram plan, we are planning to provide Wi-Fi, public health care, computers in schools, good internal road connectivity in villages,” said Raje.

Rajsthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje
Rajsthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Flickr

“We are also looking at connecting primary health centres with the hospitals in the cities to provide facilities such as tele-medicine,” the Chief Minister said.

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At the same event, she appealed to Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu to look into the subject.

Naidu responded positively, saying: “It will be put before the cabinet for discussion.”

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Seventy per cent of our population lives in villages and it cannot be ignored to our journey to become smart, the Rajasthan government said. (IANS)