Soreng, 29 Jan [IPR]: The Soreng Rurban Cluster, to be developed under the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission was launched by RDD Minister, Sonam Lama, at the SDM office conference hall here today.
The launch program was also attended by the area MLA, Aditya Golay,; CP Sharma, Press Advisor to the CM; CS Rao, Principal Secretary, RDD; Ganga Pradhan, Secretary, Skill Develoment; Sarika Pradhan, Additional Secretary, RDD; Karma R. Bonpo, DC West; Bishal Mukhia, Director (Capacity Building); Gayas Pega, ADC (Dev., Soreng) and HOD's.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister highlighted the importance of the program in that it recognizes that large parts of rural areas are not stand alone settlements but part of a cluster of settlements, which are relatively proximate to each other.
These clusters typically illustrate the capability for the growth, have economic potential and derive locational and competitive advantage hence considering these factors the Government of India has proposed the 'Shyama Mukherjee Rurban Mission'.
He further added that every individual should cooperate to make the plan successful and reap the benefits of the RURBAN project to the fullest and create avenues for development and economic freedom.
He also congratulated the public of Soreng for having being selected under the Rurban mission and wished them the best of what the project will make of them.
The area MLA, in turn, called on all the officers and the public to work together to make SPMRM a success and also underlines that the project’s mission was, "Development of a cluster of villages that preserve and nurture the essence of rural community life with focus on equity and inclusiveness without compromising with the facilities perceived to be essentially urban in nature, thus creating a cluster of ‘Rurban Villages’.”
Ms Sarika Pradhan mentioned that the Soreng Cluster was selected in phase III for Sikkim based on the criteria laid down by the Ministry.
The mission was initially launched on 16 Sept 2015 by the Ministry of the Rural Development, Govt. of India, with the aim to develop a cluster of villages that preserve and nurture the essence of the rural community life with focus on equity and inclusiveness without compromising with facilities perceived to be essentially urban in nature, thus creating a Cluster of Rurban villages.
During the launch, the Soreng Rurban Cluster and Soreng Integrated Cluster Action Plan (ICAP) along with a power-point presentation on Soreng ICAP was also shown and discussed.