The responsibility of implementing the SAGY will rest with elected representatives of Panchayats and the functionaries of the programmes’ concerned at different levels. The two must work together to accurately identify the common needs of the village and the needs of vulnerable households in particular, leverage resources of different programmes, facilitate peoples participation in implementation, monitoring and maintenance of works taken up under the scheme.

Overall coordination and review mechanisms will also be laid out at different levels. In addition this scheme will also serve the purpose of demonstrating best practices for dissemination to other areas. Specific roles and responsibilities of how this will be done are outlined below: 

a. Member of Parliament:

  • Identify and select the Adarsh Gram 
  • Engage with the community in the village and motivate them to take up development activities on their own according to their capacity 
  • Propagate the values of the scheme 
  • Initiate start-up activities to build up the right environment
  • Facilitate the planning process 
  • Mobilise additional resources to the extent possible, particularly from CSR and philanthropies 
  • Fill up critical gaps in the plan using MPLADs funds 
  • Monitor the progress periodically and take the lead in sorting out issues and problems 
  • Proactively facilitate transparency and accountability in the programme implementation and help sort out public grievances 
  • Coordinate with the community to achieve the desired, non-tangible outcomes, particularly the social ones
b. Government of India

At the national level, the nodal ministry for implementing this scheme will be the Ministry of Rural Development. For overseeing the implementation, there will be two national level committees. One, will be headed by the Minister for Rural Development with the participation of the Ministers in charge of Planning, Programme Implementation and other key ministries as may be decided and also 6-8 members of parliament from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on a rotation basis. The tasks of the Committee would be to:

a) Review the status of overall implementation of the Scheme.
b) Provide a forum for discussions and decision making in respect of inter-ministerial issues.
c) identify bottlenecks and problems, and initiate remedial action where necessary including suggesting changes of the guidelines of the various Central Sector/programmes operated by the concerned Ministries/Departments.

(Inserted vide Addendum File No J-11011/4/2015-SAGY Dated 20th March 2015)

The second committee will be headed by the Secretary of Rural Development with representatives from the following ministries/departments not below the rank of Joint Secretary:

  • Panchayati Raj 
  • Planning 
  • Land Resources 
  • Women and Child Development 
  • Health and Family Welfare 
  • School Education 
  • Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises 
  • Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation 
  • Power 
  • New and Renewable Energy 
  • Telecom 
  • Information Technology 
  • Water resources 
  • Social Justice and empowerment 
  • Tribal Affairs 
  • Environment, Forests and Climate Change 
  • Agriculture 
  • Sports and Youth Affairs 
  • Other relevant ministries
The committee may co-opt experts in the key thematic areas of this scheme. It would be assisted by a small, focused, high impact secretariat comprising of three resource persons on contract.

The tasks of the Committee would be to:
  • Monitor the process of identification and planning 
  • Review the implementation of the scheme 
  • Decide mechanism for concurrent monitoring and post project evaluation for which a web-based monitoring system will be developed, laying down standardised monitoring practices across states. 
  • Identify bottlenecks and problems, and initiate remedial action where necessary- including changes of the guidelines of this Scheme.
  • Indicate specific resource support that each ministry will provide to build capacity across states
  • Promote cross learning across States
  • Disseminate best practices in village level development including through video and print
  • Issue operational guidelines and advisories from time to time which may be item specific or pertaining to the scheme in general

c. State level

Given the number of state schemes which will be drawn into the fold of this scheme and the variation in implementation structures for different centrally sponsored programmes across states, there has to be an Empowered Committee headed by the Chief Secretary consisting of the relevant Departments and including experts as required, with at least two civil society representatives. The Secretary of the Rural Development Department of the State will be the member-convenor. Two full time resource persons on contract may be deployed to support the work of this state level committee.

This committee will meet at least once a quarter and perform the following tasks:

  • Supplement the central SAGY guidelines and issue state specific instructions which take into account different state schemes. These must lay out the roles and responsibilities of functionaries at the GP, block, district and state level. 
  • Review Village Development Plans from across constituencies and suggest changes, if required to ensure that the key outputs are achieved within the stipulated timelines 
  • Review implementation and lay down monitoring mechanisms supplementary to the web-based monitoring system. 
  • Identify bottlenecks, and the technical and administrative support required and issue necessary instructions/Government Orders from time to time 
  • Coordinate with the committees at the national level as required 
  • Develop a time table for exposure visits to the model villages and design a state level plan for dissemination of best practices 
  • Design a grievance redressal mechanism for the scheme which will be put in place at the level of the Charge Officer and the district in accordance with scheme guidelines
This Committee may interact with MPs, if necessary in small groups, to identify problems and sort them out. 

d. District level

The District Collector will be the nodal officer for implementing SAGY. The District collector will conduct a monthly review meeting with representatives of the participating line departments. The Member(s) of Parliament concerned will chair the review meetings. The heads of the GPs concerned will also be invited for these monthly meetings.

The District Collector will appoint a competent Charge Officer of sufficient seniority, for every Gram Panchayat who will coordinate the implementation at the local level and will be fully responsible and accountable for the implementation. The District Collector will also actively involve Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellows (PMRDFs) and identified professionals of the District Mission Management Units, of NRLM in the scheme, wherever they are there. The District Collector will be responsible for:

  • Conduct of the baseline survey 
  • Facilitation of village level plan preparation 
  • Converging the relevant Schemes 
  • Coordination of scheme implementation across line departments 
  • Review of progress on a monthly basis and reporting to the State and Government of India. 
  • Adherence to grievance redressal and proactive disclosure norms laid down by the respective scheme guidelines 
  • Arrangement of frequent site visits to assess progress.