Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ on Saturday, an ambitious village development project under which each MP will take the responsibility of developing physical and institutional infrastructure starting with one village by 2016 and reaching five villages by the year 2024.
Speaking at the launch, PM Modi said that under the scheme it is envisaged that under the leadership and through the efforts of Members of Parliament, one village would be developed by each MP by 2016.
He said on the basis of the model created by this experience, it is envisaged that two more villages would be developed by each MP by 2019. By 2024, two more villages would be developed taking the number to five.
“We are nearly 800 MPs. If before 2019 we develop three villages each, we reach nearly 2,500 villages. If in the light of this scheme, the states also create a similar scheme for MLAs, then 6-7000 more villages can be added,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister also said that if one village is developed in a block, it is also likely to have a “viral” effect and development would permeate other villages also.
Speaking about the scheme, the PM said that there is flexibility and an MP is free to choose any village. The only condition is that it should not be his own village or that of his in-laws.
“I also have to choose a village in Varanasi,” Modi said and added that he would go there, discuss and choose a village.
He said that till now the model of development being followed in the country has largely been supply driven.
“In Delhi, Lucknow or Gandhinagar, a scheme is prepared and then an attempt is made to inject it everywhere. Through this ‘Adarsh Gram’ (scheme), we want to shift from supply driven to demand driven model,” he said.
He also said that atmosphere should be created where every person is proud of his or her village.
The goal is to develop three model villages by March 2019, of which one would be achieved by 2016. Thereafter, five such Model villages (one per year) will be selected and developed by 2024.
Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), was launched on the occasion of birth anniversary of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan, which aims to keep the spirit of rural India living while providing people with access to fundamental facilities and opportunity to enable them to shape their own future.