Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India has organised ‘Award Distribution Ceremony 2017’ which will be held today in New Delhi. Awards will be given to State Governments, Financial Institutions, Training Partners and Placement Organisations in recognition of Effective Initiatives in Rural Development.
Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation, will be gracing the occasion as Chief Guest and Ram Kripal yadav, Minister of State for Rural Development will be the Guest of Honour.
Glimpses of Initiatives & Achievements in Rural Areas:
- Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojna (DDU-GKY): Placement linked skill training PPP mode for rural poor youth. So far, 5.43 lakh people have been trained out of which 2.88 lakh have been placed. This initiative has been implemented in 28 states and has over 675 training centres with 259 training partners and Champion Employers.
- National Rurban Mission (NRuM): Creating 300 rurban clusters with economic, basic, social and digital amenities. So far, 196 clusters have been identified and approved by the Ministry and 116 Integrated Cluster Action Plans have been approved for 28 States. The work is ongoing to the tune of Rs. 1000 crore in all clusters.
- National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP): It’s a social security scheme for aged, widows, disabled people and bereaved families on death of primary bread winner of BPL households.
- Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY): This project was initiated to develop rural connectivity through all-weather roads. So far, there has been a 78% increase in Pace of Construction from 73 Km (2011-14) to 130 Km (2016-17)
- Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA): To provide Livelihood security for rural households, with the focus on Asset Creation. 65% of the investment has been made on Natural Resource Management in each block, 60% of which is made in Agriculture and Allied activities.
- Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI): Market-relevant skilling for rural entrepreneurship. So far, 12.63 lakh people have been trained, out of which 59% are now self employed and 44% have availed credit linkages through Banks.
- Deendayal Antyodya Yojana- NRLM: To provide sustainable livelihood linkage services. It includes: Interest subvention scheme for women and SHGs in 250 districts; NRLM implementation in North Eastern States to cover all vulnerable rural households by 2023-24; and Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP) for rural poor.
- Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G): To provide housing for the rural poor in India. So far, there has been an increase in unit assistance from Rs. 70/75,000 to Rs. 1.20/1.30 lakh in plain/hilly areas.