Vikasit Bharat Sankalp Yatra

Inaugurated four weeks ago by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Khunti, Jharkhand, Vikasit Bharat Sankalp Yatra has emerged as a transformative expedition, fostering connections with citizens across the country.

The government started the journey towards a developed nation through Vikasit Bharat Sankalp Yatra which according to it exemplifies commitment to the well-being of the citizens, covering all to the remotest corners of the country.

VBSY is not just a programme but a collective effort that brings together various government departments. This initiative is across the states, leaving an indelible mark in all the corners of the nation.

As of December 7, 2023, the Yatra has reached over 36,000 Gram Panchayats and witnessed participation of over 1 crore citizens, as per the data captured on the customized portal developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

VBSY received encouraging reception in Jammu & Kashmir and over 10 lakh people participated till a few days ago.

As per officials 10,47,500 people participated in 2516 Gram Panchayats till December 9. Among whom 8,42,955 took Sankalp pledge and 1,25,7625 were ‘Meri Kahani Meri Zubani’ beneficiaries.

Line department representatives showcase government schemes, distributed informational materials and addressed queries. Free healthcare services under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana were made available at most programmes.

The people’s participation has gathered further momentum with each passing day. While the first week of the Sankalp Yatra saw participation of 500,000 citizens, over 77 lakh people across the country, participated in the Yatra during the next 10 days.  Within a short span, the urban segment of VBST reached over 700 locations and total of 79 lakh individuals have taken the Pledge to strive to make India a developed nation by 2047.

In an unprecedented outreach effort, the Yatra strives to cover over 2.60 Gram Panchayats and 3600+ urban local bodies using Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) vans that call upon people to utilise government schemes for their benefit.

Last week, noting the enthusiasm for VBSY in Jammu & Kashmir sends a positive message to the rest of the country, the Prime Minister said it is a guarantee of the bright future of the new generations. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that people from around the country are joining the bandwagon of development and lauded the contributions of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

While the overall endeavour is welcome, the concerned officers need to cover all the Panchayats and create ample awareness about government schemes and programmes. The officers need to ensure that each activity envisaged under VBSY is practiced in each village and also make the same interesting for all age groups including school children, women and old aged.

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