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NDA Government’s Adarsh Villages – Did things change?

NDA Government's Adarsh Villages - Did things change? - RM Reports

by Pooja Bhatia,

The Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) is a scheme of the present government, launched by PM Narendra Modi in 2014. The concept of Adarsh Village invites volunteers from the political leaders- to adopt a village- and work for its social, technological, economic and cultural development. Therefore, the success of Adarsh Gram Yojana is dependent on the will of the parliamentarians. At best, they can utilise existing funds to develop Adarsh Village. This may include funds from existing schemes like Indira Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, and Backward Regions Grant Fund, etc.,

The objective of Adarsh Gram Yojana is to encourage the political leaders to target and develop one model village (Adarsh Village) in his or her constituency. The objective is to holistically develop a village, making its inhabitants economically inclusive and socially mobile. One Adarsh Village will, in turn, serve as an inspiration to develop other villages in the area.

Prime Minister Modi had set a deadline for the success of Adarsh Gram Yojna. It was by 2016. Today, we look at what has been achieved so far, considering its on-ground success and the Adarsh Gram Yojna challenge.

What do the statistics say?

According to a downtoearth.org report, 78 per cent of the member of parliaments (MPs) is yet to identify villages under Phase 3 of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). In Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, 108 MPs have not adopted villages. In Maharashtra, 88 per cent of the 67 MPs have so far not identified villages for adoption, the report further confirmed. One of the primary reason cited for the poor implementation is- no budgetary allocation- to the state government. Budget is, therefore, the biggest Adarsh Gram Yojna challenge.

Why is Success of Adarsh Gram Yojna Important?

Having said that, it is important for us to emphasise the success of Adarsh Gram Yojna. If implemented carefully and with care, an Adarsh Village can be a role model of social success and economic achievement for the rural poor. It will rightly transform their lives while they continue to be granted better means of living and mobility, in an Adarsh Village.

Development of rural infrastructure is crucial as it mobilises people, bringing in social and economic productivity. It enables development on both the fronts for the poorest and weakest in society.

Take, for example, the recent figures published on ‘Vidhayak Adarsh Gram Yojana’ in Haryana. A PTI report states that a total of Rs 13.02 crore was spent as against the release of Rs 49.05 crore in Haryana under the ‘Vidhayak Adarsh Gram Yojana’, with the scheme aimed at developing villages adopted by the legislators as model ones. Among the ministers and MLAs who sought to develop the adopted villages, an amount of Rs 15.35 lakh out of the released amount of Rs 91.05 lakh was spent in Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s Keorak village in Kaithal district, the state Assembly was informed here today.

Now, by improving the infrastructure condition and the connectivity status of these villages, the Haryana rural people can leverage a lot, both, socially and economically. The state has a very developed urban landscape of Gurugram. By providing the economically backward access to these urban locations, through improved road conditions and other socially inclusive (mobility) initiatives, the Haryana government can considerably improve the overall development of the complete region.

It will be an all-inclusive growth and development of the society, where people living in villages will have the means and access to improve their living standards. A whole new social and economic corridor can be created just by increasing connectivity through better roads and other means of sustainability.

Thus, the need to push the Adarsh Village scheme more wilfully and strongly by the present government.

Pooja Bhatia is a property news enthusiast, who likes staying updated on business and corporate news, lifestyle at home, home interior elements, location insights and rest of the information, to make living better. She is also an avid traveler (a blogger on holidays) and an avid reader and a part of this real-time information, she converts into real estate enthusiasm.

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