Rajahmundry: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said the villages adopted by her in Andhra Pradesh under a central scheme will be developed into model villages within one year.
"We will provide 24-hours uninterrupted power supply, a community hall for women, a library, a water treatment plant, build internal roads and computer training centre and also construct toilets in every house in Pedamainavani Lanka and Thruputalla villages in West Godavari district," the Minister of State for Commerce, said.
She said that all details, including the history of the two villages and their photos, will be placed on the Internet to expedite the process to develop them as model villages within a year. ?
Sitharaman has adopted these villages under the PM's 'Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana' (MP Village Adoption Scheme).
"The central government is providing all assistance to the adopted villages in the country," the minister said, adding that an expert committee will be sent to Pedamainavani Lanka village to study the damage caused due to sea and also examine if any protected wall existed there and take necessary steps.
Condemning the growing incidents of attacks on women, she said people should stand united in violence against women. "Men must change their attitude towards women."
The minister distributed equipment worth Rs one crore and also gave financial assistance to fishermen and the Development of Women and Children in Rural Area (DWACRA) groups in the two villages.
She also participated in cleanliness drive and interacted with villagers.
Meanwhile, journalists of electronic media and a delegation of Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) submitted a memorandum to Sitharaman requesting her to take up the issue of attacks on journalists at the central level.