Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) Phase-I which started in the month of October, 2014 is concluding shortly. To enable the States for entering the updates, Ministry has instituted an online portal with progress indicators in various gram panchayats chosen under SAGY. The progress data is being entered by the District Collectors/ Charge Officers of the respective Gram Panchayat which is visible to the State Nodal Officers also.  

The Ministry of Rural Development decided to undertake field visits to a few of the Gram Panchayats whose data was available on record. These field visits were conducted by a team consisting of officials from MoRD. The teams were given the mandate to validate the output of Panchayat Darpan and Village Development Plan available on website by respective Charge Officers. These visits were conducted from 25th July, 2016 onwards. Each of the team was instructed to submit a detailed report on the same along with photographs of the works completed and document any unique initiative(s).

The Ministry will further undertake field visits of next lot of Gram Panchayats whose adequate data are available in the online portal to validate their output on Panchayat Darpan and the Village Development Plan. As per the guidelines of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), a post-project assessment of performance and outcomes would then be undertaken through a competent independent agency.

Therefore, it is clarified that Gram Panchayats visited during the first lot by the Ministry of Rural Development was to validate the output of Panchayat Darpan and Village Development Plans prepared for the Gram Panchayats and not for ranking them. To say that 15 GPs have been ranked best by the Ministry is not correct. The Ministry is planning to ensure visits to another 50 GPs shortly. This will be a continuous exercise for internal assessment and mid-course correction.

Reference: News article on Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) that appeared on Delhi print edition of Economic Times on 23rd August, 2016 under the title ‘Non-BJP MPs set examples in adopting villages’ and online in this link