Korea proposes developing a model village project in India

Korea is keen on developing a project in India on the lines of New Village Movement Initiative of South Korea.

Last Updated: May 04, 2011, 22:53 PM IST

New Delhi: Korea is keen on developing a
project in India on the lines of New Village Movement
Initiative of South Korea that envisages developing a model
village where residents choose their leader and independently
decide how to develop it.

South Korean Ambassador to India, Kim Joong Keun called
on Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj
Vilasrao Deshmukh here Wednesday to propose the idea, which has
elicited full support from the minister, a government release
said.

The basic material support and assistance is proposed to
be provided by the Government of India and or the
collaborating agencies.

Deshmukh assured support to the initiative and said it
will further strengthen co-operation between the two
countries.

Both India and South Korea are members of Afro-Asian Rural
Development Organization (AARDO), an inter-governmental agency
which helps share the expertise in rural development among the
member countries from Asia Pacific and African Region.

Korean Chambers of Commerce is reported to have expressed
their willingness to assist financially in the pilot
initiative under which one model village would be identified
as a pilot project.

Based on its success the model can be replicated in a
larger area. The whole process would be assisted and monitored
in consultations with the different stakeholders.

Welcoming the idea, Deshmukh said the model village would
be identified in consultation with the state government.

A nodal person would be identified by the ministry to
design and implement the project in collaboration with
partners and the South Korean counterparts.

The South Korean Ambassador also proposed that vocational
training centres could be developed to hone peoples` skills in
and around the identified village.

PTI