Pune: President Pratibha Patil on Friday stressed on the need to focus on the development of villages in India to make the country self-reliant.
   
"If small and medium enterprises (SMEs), corporate sector and farmers come together, they can build a self-reliant nation, a brighter India in near future," she said here at a function to felicitate villages with 'Paryavaran Ratna' award for successful implementation of government's welfare schemes.
   
"Country's heart breaths in its villages. Therefore, we should concentrate on the development of villages," Patil said, adding, "To achieve this goal, we have to understand Mahatma Gandhi's thoughts and emphasise on the policy of recycling and reusing."
   
"To make any village self-reliant, renewable energies like solar and wind can play pivotal roles. Food processing and agro-processing units should be raised in every village. This is the need of the hour."
   
Terming the phenomenon of global warming a "danger", Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said, "State government has left no stone unturned to maintain the ecological balance of the state. We are planning to plant at least 100 crore trees in a year to maintain this environmental equilibrium. This could be a little step toward the sustainable village growth."
   
State Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil, MP Supriya Sule were present on the occasion.

(Agencies)