PM Modi congratulates ICICI for adopting Gujarat village

Mumbai, Jan. 2 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated the ICICI group for launching its 'Digital Village' project and adopting a village in Gujarat, dedicating it to the nation.

The village adopted by the multinational banking and financial services company is Akodara in the Sabarkantha district of Gujarat.

The official twitter accounts of the Prime Minister's Office and ICICI Bank shared the congratulations offered by Prime Minister Modi via a series of tweets.

"Our villages are not ready to wait. They have aspirations like people in cities do and we need to focus on that: PM @narendramodi."

"I congratulate all those who have worked here and led this group: PM @narendramodi to ICICI Group @ICICIBank."

"Shri Narendra Modi dedicates ICICI digital village Akodara to the nation and concludes the ceremony @PMOIndia."

Prime Minister Modi also called for waste management and waste water treatment.

"What would we achieve when we are 75, what would be our social charter...this is what the senior team here can think about: PM," the PMO tweeted.

"Can we create Swachhata Entrepreneurs. There is immense scope in solid waste management and waste water treatment: PM @narendramodi," it added.

Meanwhile, ICICI Bank managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) Chanda Kochhar said that technology can eliminate the barriers present between rural and urban India.

The ICICI Bank twitter handle shared the views of its CEO via a series of tweets.

"Ms. Chanda Kochhar- ' Technology can be used to eliminate barriers that separate rural and urban India '"

"Ms. Chanda Kochhar- ' Technology helps us to realise the vision of a rural India that is not "rural" but "rurban"'"

"Ms. Chanda Kochhar- 'I would like to thank the Government of Gujarat and the local officials for their support in this project.'"

The parameters under which Akodara was adopted by the ICICI Group is reportedly along the lines of the the Prime Minister's brainchild, the 'Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana'. Kochhar had also participated in the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' after being nominated for the cleanliness drive.

Last year, Prime Minister Modi, in his Independence Day speech, had announced the 'Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana' and the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'.

The 'Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana' is a scheme in which parliamentarians choose one village each from the constituencies that they represent, fix parameters and make it a model one by 2016. The scheme was launched later in October, with active participation from members of both Houses.

Meanwhile, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan aims at making India a clean country by 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. (ANI)