Please find below the D.O. letter written by Minister of Rural Development to all Members of Parliament pertaining to identification of Gram Panchayats for Phase II under SAGY


D.O. No. K-11033/125/2015-SAGY
1st January, 2016


      As you are kindly aware, the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) has been launched on 11th October, 2014. The aim is to develop three Adarsh Grams by March 2019, of which one would be achieved by 2016. Thereafter, five such Adarsh Grams (one per year) will be selected and developed by 2024.

      While the activities for development of the first set of Adarsh Grams are going on, the timelines of the Scheme require identification of next set of Gram Panchayats by January, 2016 to be taken up by you under SAGY.

      As per the SAGY Guidelines and the clarification thereto issued by the Ministry, the norms for the identification are as under:-

  1. A Gram Panchayat would be the basic unit. It should have a population of 3000-5000 in plain areas and 1000-3000 in hilly, tribal and difficult areas. The States with Gram Panchayats of larger population sizes (Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand and Bihar) are allowed to select such Gram Panchayats.
  2. The MPs would be free to identify a suitable Gram Panchayat for being developed as Adarsh Gram, other than his/her own village or that of his/her spouse.
  3. Lok Sabha MP has to choose a Gram Panchayat from within his/her constituency.
  4. Rajya Sabha MP may choose Gram Panchayat from the rural area of a district of his/her choice in the State from which he/she is elected.
  5. Nominated MPs may choose a Gram Panchayat from the rural area of any district in the country. In the case of urban constituencies (where there are no Gram Panchayats), the MP will identify a Gram Panchayat from a nearby rural constituency.
  6. In the states which do not have 'Gram Panchayats', the entity deemed to be Gram Panchayat under MGNREGA, may be considered in SAGY as well.

      I request you to kindly arrange to send the name of the next Gram Panchayat to the concerned District Collector/District Magistrate by 31st January, 2016 who will in-turn after validation upload it on SAGY Website.

      With regards,
Yours sincerely
(Birender Singh)
To All Members of Parliament