Modernize the country with the establishment of smart villages


Every country is based on urban and rural areas. In developing countries, the rural area is larger than the urban one because of widening the development gap between both areas.
The living standard and socio-economic status of rural people, accounting for more than 70 per cent of the total population of Myanmar, depends on the development of rural areas. All the townships across the nation are formed with lesser urban areas and larger rural regions.
Currently, the Department of Rural Development under the Ministry of Cooperatives and Rural Development cooperates with relevant departments and organizations to establish the smart villages contributing to ensuring higher living standards, booming economy and implementing the green development projects with the aim of narrowing the development gap.
The establishment of smart villages aims to modernize the villages to be sustainable for the enhancement of village social organizations, traditional culture, communications and services through digital technologies, innovations and modernized knowledge. The village social organizations, traditional culture, communications and services are based on existing advantages of villages, property and development opportunities.
In so doing, the requirements of villages must be exposed through the people-centred system to carry out their development and efforts for increasing the family incomes as well as the growth of the rural economy under the groups of people and the cooperative system. Hence, relevant departments need to cooperate with each other in modernizing the villages with fulfillments in infrastructures and agriculture and livestock-based businesses similar to that of urban areas.
The pilot project for smart villages is being implemented in KyunU Village in Pyinmana Township, Thawhmawkon Village in Lewe Township and Gwaybin Village in Tatkon Township of Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory. A plan is underway to choose three villages each from regions and states for similar projects. According to the information, the project period will last for two years and six months from 2021-22 financial year to 2023-24 financial year.
Functions for smart villages comprise aid for the development of rural infrastructures, inputs and monetary services, improvement of livelihoods, uplift of the rural economy, strengthening of associations, transfer of technologies, social protection and environmental conservation.
Improvement of living standard of rural people depends on the development of health, education, social, environmental affairs and employment opportunities. As such, it is necessary to establish smart villages for the lives of rural people, reflecting the future and fortune of the nation.

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