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PM launches Model Village Scheme

PM launches Model  Village Scheme
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PM launches Model Village Scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched an ambitious village development project under which every MP will adopt three villages and ensure their development.

  • Each MP to take up development of 3 villages by 2019
  • Around 2,500 villages to be covered by nearly 800 MPs

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched an ambitious village development project under which every MP will adopt three villages and ensure their development.

Under the programme called the ‘Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana,’ the MPs will take the responsibility of developing physical and institutional infrastructure in three villages by 2019. The goal is to develop three model villages each by March 2019 of which one would be developed by 2016.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana as Union Minister for Rural Development Nitin Gadkari (left) and Minister of State for Rural Development Upendra Khushwa clap in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)
Calling it a scheme that would open the door for good politics, the Prime Minister invited all MPs to select a village to develop on a demand-driven, rather than a supply-driven, model, with people's participation. The Prime Minister said the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana will work through the leadership of Parliamentarians. He said that by 2016, one village will be developed by the MPs, and then by 2019, two more villages will be taken up. He said that if states also encouraged their legislators to take up the scheme - five to six more villages could be added in this timeframe. He added that if even one village per block is developed, it has a cascading effect on other villages in that block.

“If nearly 800 MPs develop three villages each by 2019, around 2,500 villages will be covered,” said the PM while launching the project on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan. For the MPs elected from cities, the Prime Minister urged them to look at a village that is close to their city. He said though government schemes were working across the country, in each state there were a few villages that the state could be proud of. This shows that there was something extra that the leadership and people in those villages had done, beyond government schemes. This "something extra" is the spirit behind Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, the PM told audience at Vigyan Bhawan.

Minister for Rural Development Nitin Gadkari and MoS for Rural Development Upendra Kushwaha, also spoke on the occasion.

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