Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the state government plans to transform 1,000 villages with the help of corporate sector, and the civil over the next few years.
He said corporate sector is already working with the government in various sectors through the CSR and “we thought of using their resources, knowledge, technology and planning and implementation skills”.
He said the corporate sectors expertise would be used to set up an institutional mechanism to amalgamate work done by different companies in different areas to transform 1000 villages in collaboration with the state government.
He was addressing reporters here after his meeting with industrialists Ratan Tata, Anand Mahindra and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
Fadnavis said currently, scattered efforts are being made by the corporate sector which will now be consolidated and villages will be transformed within a specific time frame.
He added that 50 per cent of the villages will be chosen by partnering agencies where some work is currently underway and the remaining would be those villages that score low on the Human Development Index.
“Rajashree Birla (of Aditya Birla Group) has already shown her intent of taking 300 villages (out of 1000) to develop them. Similarly, we have got tremendous response from others as well,” he said, adding the government is looking at working on at least 100 villages by October 2.
He further said no programme will be forced upon villages and the Gram Sabhas would decide the kind of work required by their respective villages and the government will only assist them.