Progress under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana
-Shraddha Chaudhary, III year, B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)
On August 15th, 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his speech, announced several schemes for urban development, including schemes to expand and increase the number of urban locales in the country. One such scheme, which seeks to kill two brids with one stone, is the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, which literally translates to the Scheme for Parliamentarians’ Model Villages. Under this scheme, the Prime Minsiter envisaged, each parliamentarian would adopt one village each year and develop it into a model region equipped with sanitation, basic amenities, Civic facilities and so on. The Blue print of the Yojana would be released by October, 2014.
Setting the scheme in action today, the MP from Delhi, Meenakshi Lekhi, adopted Pilanji which is an urban village in Delhi, as her village for the year. The reason for doing this were twofold- first, since the villages of Delhi do not fall under the municipal laws of the NCR, they are unable to reap the benefits of the corporation. Secondly, as the head of the New Delhi Municpal Corporation, Lekhi hopes to set an example by developing the visible mess that is Pilanji into a model worth emulating.
Lekhi plans to go about developing Pilanji so that it has working systems for sanitation and drainage, functional and well connected roads, and public toilets, especially for women. She also plans on expanding her work to nearby areas and creating employment for women in doing so. As part of this, she has also scheduled awareness programmes on cleaning nearby areas.
Once these plans are set in motion, the Prime Minister’s scheme is likely to be given a major fillip. It is likely that, following Lekhi’s lead other ministers will also begin adopting villages and setting out plans for their development. This would create employment for residents of the villages themselves, as well as for the poor in surrounding urban areas, as well as help expand India’s urban development base. If the plans are implemented on the ground as well as they’ve been set out on paper, this scheme could revolutionise India’s countryside by adding several new second and third tear cities and towns to it.
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