Prime minister Narendra Modi’s dream of developing villages has been given a fresh push under the government’s Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY).
Under the second phase of the scheme, the villages have to be made 100 per cent self-dependent on the crucial parameters like electricity, water, roads, and education.
Moreover, the rural development ministry has also found a solution for its fund crunch by roping in the private, voluntary and cooperative sectors for the development projects.
About 2,200 villages have to be developed in the first three phases of SAGY by 2019. The deadline for MPs to nominate a model village under the scheme for phase II is set to end on January 31.
A senior rural development ministry official said parliamentarians have raised complaints about scarcity of funds to carry out the development schemes.
“They have also raised the issue in Parliament and have also written letters to the ministry. Thereafter, the ministry wrote a letter for provision of funds from corporate, voluntary and private sectors,” added the official.
The official said there is no separate fund for this scheme by the government.
“MPs have to carry out the work on various existing schemes of Centre and state governments. On an average, most of the parliamentarians have complained about lack of funds to the tune of Rs 2 crore in one gram panchayat,” added the official.
A letter dated December 22, 2015 clearly said gram panchayats should tap the resources of the corporate or private sectors for the development works.
“Each gram panchayat should proactively tap the resources and the strengths of the private, voluntary and cooperative sectors which could help in making available relevant technologies for local adoptions and making investments for local economic development, either independently or to supplement government efforts,” said the letter, which was written to principal secretaries by SAGY director Dr Kushal Pathak.
The rural development ministry is also planning a CSR conclave for ensuring successful involvement of these sectors in the SAGY projects.
“Nodal officers have been directed to submit presentation on projects requiring technical or financial assistance from corporate and other sectors, so that it can be brought before the interested parties. They also have been told to come out with Village development plans with complete details about the projects which have to be started in a particular village,” said a senior officer of the ministry.
The official said that ministry has written letters to the MPs for the second phase of SAGY in which it has been said that the target for each MP is to develop three model villages by March 2019.
“The basic idea is to develop villages as ‘island of excellence’ and focus is to develop it on economic model. Like if main activity in a particular village is production of milk then work should be on strengthening the system so that more and more people could get employment in milk business or to flourish that business in that village,” added the official.
It has been said that every village developed under the scheme should have 100 per cent saturation on four major parameters - electricity, water, road and education.