Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA), for developing governance capabilities of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was launched by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at Ramnagar in tribal-dominated district of Mandla in Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day on Tuesday April 24, 2018 along with unveiling road map for development of tribal areas. Speaking at a gathering, Modi said, “Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) always highlighted the importance of villages and spoke about ‘Gram Swaraj’.” “Today we pledge to boost development of villages. Indian culture motivates us to live for the nation”. RGSA aims at making rural local bodies self-sustainable, financially stable and more efficient and seeks to strengthen the country’s panchayati raj system and address critical gaps that hinder its success.
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had given its approval for restructured Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan on April 21, 2018. The Scheme will be implemented during the period from 01.04.2018 to 31.03.2022 at the total cost of Rs. 7255.50 crore with the Central Share of Rs. 4500 crore and that of State Share of Rs. 2755.50 crore, of which Central Share and State shares for 2018-19 would be Rs. 969.27 crore and Rs. 585.51 crore respectively:
Modi addressing the gathering while launching RGSA appealed to the villagers to focus on the education of their children, “This is essential for the child’s future… education for all is a top priority for a central government”..
Modi said that with Jan Dhan, Vann Dhan, Gobar Dhan, we can bring a great change in a village’s economic status and elaborating on the essence of each of the three initiatives, he said, “Ensure that people have Jan Dhan accounts and insurance coverage under the government schemes. If there is a neem tree today, its branch can provide source of income for the village women. Today, cow dung is not used scientifically in villages. Gas and electricity can be produced from it. This can be done without monetary aid, but will need the help of the government schemes”.
“Let us pledge that by 2022, we develop our villages along the lines of what Mahatma Gandhi had once wished for”.
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