Himachal Pradesh government has launched HP Panchvati Yojana as Green Belt Development Scheme for elderly people. In this scheme, govt. will develop parks and gardens in every development block with necessary facilities for senior citizens of rural areas. The work under HP Panchvati Yojana will be taken up in link with the MGNREGA Scheme. The main objective is to provide opportunity to elderly people to spend their leisure time roaming in parks and gardens.
The parks and gardens would be developed on levelled land of minimum one bigha with convergence of MGNREGA, Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) and 14th Finance Commission. This scheme will enhance the life expectancy of elderly people keeping in view health requirements of the senior citizens.
Several ayurvedic and medicinal plants would be grown in the parks and gardens along with recreational equipment, walking tracks and other basic amenities for senior citizens. HP Rural Development Department will implement the HP Panchvati Yojana.
HP Panchvati Yojana 1st Phase- Green Belt Development Scheme
In the current financial year, around 100 parks would be developed in different parts of the state under HP Green Belt Development Scheme. HP Panchvati Yojana 1st phase is launched on 8 June 2020 through video conferencing.
Blocks / District Selected for Parks & Gardens Development
In the 1st phase, parks and gardens will be developed in the following areas in the Himachal Pradesh state:-
- Gohar development block in Mandi district.
- Bangana development block in Una district.
- Banjar and Naggar development blocks in Kullu district.
- Kaza development block in Lahaul-Spiti district.
- Nagrota Bagwan and Sulah development blocks in Kangra district.
- Paonta Sahib and Pachhad development blocks in Sirmaur district.
- Tissa and Bhatiyat development blocks in Chamba district.
- Kalpa development block in Kinnaur district.
- Kandaghat development block in Solan district.
- Rohru development block in Shimla district.
- Nadaun development block in Hamirpur district.
CM mentioned that parks will prove a boon to senior citizens to lead healthy and happy life after taking health benefits from these parks. Moreover, HP state govt. was was striving hard to provide maximum facilities to the people of the state especially senior citizens and Panchvati Yojana is a major step in this direction.
The spread of Covid-19 pandemic has forced the policy makers to rethink and reformulate govt’s policies and programmes with special focus on rural development. Around 90% of the Himachal Pradesh population lives in rural areas and so the govt. is focusing on rural oriented policies which had been ensuring an accelerated pace of development in these areas.
CM directed state officials to effectively disseminate policies, programmes using social media. PR professionals should think out of the box for effective broadcasting of state’s policies and programmes. The govt. machinery should use latest technologies to publicize the various developmental schemes and success stories. Furthermore, developmental features should be brought out and provided to both print and electronic media.