Non-Resident Indians To 'Adopt' 500 Villages

The 500 villages have been selected based on highest farmer suicide rates, high unemployment rates and need for immediate support, the Overseas Volunteer for Better India said.

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Non-Resident Indians To 'Adopt' 500 Villages

The non-resident Indians will focus on villages that need immediate support. (Representational)

Washington:  Non-resident Indians living in the US will adopt 500 villages in India, according to the social welfare group Overseas Volunteer for Better India or OVBI. A formal announcement will be made during the "Big Ideas for Better India" conference in Silicon Valley on July 1, OVBI said in a statement.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will give a keynote address at the event where some 1,000 NRI leaders will participate, the group said in the statement.

These 500 villages have been selected based on highest farmer suicide rates, high unemployment rates and need for immediate support, OVBI President Satej Chaudhary said.

"We are bringing together geoscientists, agricultural experts and entrepreneurs to help double the income of farmers by 2022," Mr Chaudhary said.

The event will address the most challenging problems being faced by India in agriculture, governance and human trafficking, OVBI said in the statement.

OVBI said it organised a water summit last year and successfully connected specialists from the US with the Art of Living ground team working on river rejuvenation projects.
 

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