UP launches Matrubhumi Yojana to connect diaspora with villages

The scheme was launched after knowing about the diaspora's positive attitude toward developmental plans in Uttar Pradesh.

The Uttar Pradesh government inaugurated the Matrubhumi Yojana to enable former residents of the state who have migrated to another city or country for work, contribute to its developmental plans. The state’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said they were launching the program after knowing about the diaspora’s positive attitude toward these plans.

The government through the scheme aims to facilitate people both individuals and private institutions to contribute to the development of villages. Under the scheme, if any individual or organisation wishes to contribute to development works in any village panchayat and is willing to bear 60 per cent of the cost, the remaining 40 per cent will be arranged by the state government.

Speaking of the significance of the scheme, Adityanath said, "This will serve two purposes: firstly, individuals will be able to reconnect with their roots, and secondly, they will be able to contribute towards their motherland."

One of these includes the construction of a convention center which will be utilized to host communal events like mass weddings. Adityanath said the government will provide land for the construction along with 40 per cent of the funds to the person/entities willing to arrange the rest.

During the launch, a former resident of the state, who is living in California for over two decades addressed the gathering virtually and spoke about jis plans to give back to his homeland. The expat said he wished to contribute to the convention center, schools, and setting up preventive care dispensaries in the state and the scheme was a great opportunity to do so.

The Matrubhumi Yojana was announced by Adityanath in September 2021 with the aim to help common citizens aid the developmental work in Uttar Pradesh.

“Under this, every person will get a chance to directly participate in various works of infrastructure development in the villages. The government will bear 50 per cent of the total cost of the project, while the remaining 50 per cent will be contributed by the interested people. In return, the project can be named after the relatives of the collaborators as per their wish,” Adityanath had said.

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