Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna: Only 49% Projects Completed So Far

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Economic Times, January 22, 2019

Members of both Houses of Parliament are supposed to adopt three villages apiece under the scheme.

Nearly half the projects in villages adopted under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) have not been completed so far, and work has not even started on more than a third of the projects under the programme which has a deadline of March 2019, the central government has conceded.

This was discussed last week at a high-level review meeting, whose agenda mentioned that 32,628 (51%) projects out of the total 83,586 projects proposed in the adopted villages were reported to have been completed till January 7. “More than 36% of the proposed activities are reported as yet to start implementation. The state governments are requested to expedite the implementation process,” the rural development ministry told the states at the review meeting.

Members of both Houses of Parliament are supposed to adopt three villages apiece under the scheme. The states have to ensure timely completion of works proposed under village development plans and saturate the villages with various schemes. The Centre also tracks the progress of the projects under the programme.

The worst-performing states in terms of completion of projects are Bihar, Rajasthan and Odisha. Bihar, which sends 54 members to Parliament, has seen only 86 villages adopted so far and around 4,900 projects proposed for implementation in these villages. But just 1,450 projects (30%) have been completed so far in Bihar and as many as 56% projects have yet to start. Similarly, in Rajasthan, in 77 villages adopted so far by MPs from the state, nearly 52% projects have not seen any work. In Odisha, which sends 30 MPs to Parliament, only 46 villages have been adopted so far and work has yet to start on 77% projects. Performance of states such as Assam, Maharashtra and Punjab has been found wanting too.

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