Smart village clusters to be developed under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY)

A month after the much-hyped rollout of smart city project, the Centre is planning to launch 300 village clusters under its ‘Rurban Mission’. This was announced by Union minister for rural development Birender Singh in Bhopal on Wednesday. The minister was in the city to inaugurate a two-day national workshop of ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ (SAGY).

“Population of these clusters will be between 25,000 and 50,000. In hilly areas, the cluster strength will be less,” he said.

These rural-urban hubs will be developed on lines of towns with planned layouts. “State governments will have to issue notifications for these clusters,” Singh said. In each cluster, an investment of Rs 50-55 cr will be made. “Both Union and state governments will participate in funding the project under various schemes under the ‘Rurban mission’. A critical gap funding of 30% will be additionally provided,” he said.

The concept is to develop eco-system of trade growth and infrastructure facilities in these clusters, said Singh. He also praised Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, saying the state’s agriculture growth was extraordinary.

Talking about the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), he said “we are focusing on economic empowerment and employment generation in villages.”

Singh said 89% members of Parliament have chosen villages under SAGY scheme. “Three MPs from Madhya Pradesh, Digvijaya Singh, Satyvrat Chaturvedi and Vijaylaxmi Sadho have not adopted any village under the scheme. In urban parliamentary constituencies, MPs are complaining they don’t have villages to choose. This issue is being worked out,” Singh said.

Speaking to TOI, Sadho said, “There were no adequate funds to spend on all villages in her constituency. Developing one village would not be fair.”

Sarpanch of the village adopted by Modi overwhelmed by development.

Durgawati Patel, the sarpanch of Jayapura village situated at a distance of few kilometers from Varanasi said that the speed of development of the village has increase manifolds.

Talking to media persons, Durgawati said that a year ago her village was in a worse condition. Modi adopted her village on November 7, 2014 and within a week there was a Bank, a post office in the village, she said.

Bank also started providing loan to farmers, solar pumps have been installed in the village and there is no water scarcity, added Durgawati.

Roads are clean and every house has a toilet, she said.

On being asked who comes to her village to do all these works, she said that she doesn’t know but people from outside come and help in development works. Some people from Gujarat and Mumbai and other places also come to help in Development works, added Durgawati.

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