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India, Cambodia ink 2 MoUs for bilateral cooperation in Tourism, Mekong Ganga Project

India and Cambodia have signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to boost bilateral cooperation in the field of Tourism and another related to umbrella projects under Mekong Ganga Cooperation initiative.

These MoUs were signed in the presence of Indian Vice President M.Hamid Ansari and his Cambodian counterpart Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh.

The second MoU for umbrella projects under Mekong Ganga Cooperation initiative covers five Quick Impact Projects including

  • 2 projects in Health care.
  • 1 project on Agriculture.
  • 1 project in Women’s Empowerment through Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
  • 50,000 US dollars grant for the Cambodia-India Entrepreneurship Development Centre (CIEDC) which was launched in February 2006.

About Mekong–Ganga Cooperation (MGC)

  • Established: in 2000 at Vientiane at the First MGC Ministerial Meeting.
  • Members: It comprises six member countries viz. India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
  • The organization takes its name from two large rivers Ganga and Mekong flowing in the region.
  • MGC emphasises on four areas of cooperation including tourism, education, culture and transportation linkage for solid foundation of trade and investment cooperation in the region.

Union Cabinet approves Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban mission for rural development

The Union Cabinet has approved Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban mission (SPMRM) for its ambitious bid to spur social, economic and infrastructure development in rural areas.

In this regard, Union Government has earmarked over 5,000 crore rupees for the mission to develop 300 clusters over next three years across the country.

Key facts

  • Aim: SPMRM through development of rurban growth clusters aims at catalyzing overall regional growth.
  • Twin objectives: It seeks to achieve of strengthening rural areas and de burdening the urban areas. Thus it seeks for balanced regional development and growth of the country by simultaneously benefiting the rural as well as urban areas of the country.
  • The State Governments would identify the clusters which have latent potential for growth in accordance with the Framework for Implementation.
  • This framework will be prepared by the Union Ministry of Rural Development.
  • The clusters will be geographically contiguous Gram Panchayats with different population and follow administrative convergence units of Gram Panchayats.
  • Plain and coastal areas must have population of about 25000 to 50000, desert areas, hilly or tribal areas must have 5000 to 15000.
  • There would be a separate approach for selection of clusters in Tribal and Non-Tribal Districts.
  • States government will prepare Integrated Cluster Action Plans for Rurban Clusters. It will be comprehensive plan documents detailing out the strategy for the cluster development.