Tawang gears up for ‘Smart Village Movement’

TAWANG, Sep 5: A meeting on ‘Smart Village Movement (SVM)’ was held in the presence of the heads of departments in Tawang district at the DC’s conference hall, here on Wednesday.
Appreciating the initiative to empower the villages through the SVM, Deputy Commissioner Sang Phuntsok assured full cooperation and also requested various departments to extend support for successful implementation of the SMV project.
Earlier, presenting the concept and methodology of the project, Regional Associate Toniya Lollen informed that the movement aims to develop 100 smart villages in Arunachal Pradesh by building platforms for the villagers to connect them to the global market, which would empower them to achieve inclusive development through innovation and co-innovations.
With regard to Tawang district, it was apprised that three villages, namely Manpat (7 cluster villages), Gomkelling (3 cluster villages) and Kitpi (3 Cluster villages) have been identified for SVM, based on feasibility study done by the regional associate.
Various other issues, such as need of market linkages for local merchants, challenges faced by new entrepreneurs in the region, funding source and network connectivity, requirement of staffs for movement were also discussed at length. (DIPRO)