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    18th Aug, 2020
  • Pune Rural Administration implemented the Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) initiative amid COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Providing urban amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) is the concept of former President APJ Abdul Kalam in the VISION 2020 project initiated by him.
  • This concept was presented by Dr. Kalam in Indian National Science Congress’s 90th conference in Chandigarh in January 2004.
  • Its aim is to make rural areas as attractive as cities and to bridge the rural-urban divide and to provide India new heights and achievements, developed status and economy.
  • PURA scheme was implemented on a pilot basis in seven clusters for a period of three years (2004- 05 to 2006-07) by the Ministry of Rural Development.
  • PURA 2.0 was a central sector scheme, launched in 2012 which focused on development of potential growth centres such as census towns.
  • Amenities and economic activities under PURA included: Water and Sewerage, Construction and maintenance of Village streets, Drainage, Solid Waste Management, Skill Development, village street lighting, telecom, electricity generation, village linked tourism, etc.