Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)

Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)

Recently the Parliamentary Standing Committee has released its report on Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana’ is a centrally sponsored scheme, which was started in the year 2000. The scheme objective is to provide all-weather road connectivity to all eligible unconnected habitations in rural areas of the states.

It aims to provide all-weather road connectivity to unconnected habitations. The following population norms have been prescribed for such settlements-

  • The plains should have a population of 500 persons as per the 2001 census;
  • Special Category States/Union Territories (North East States, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand) should have a population of 250 persons or more.
  • It includes desert areas, tribal areas (5th Schedule of the Constitution), and selected tribal and backward areas.

Present Status: 96.24% and 97.01% of the projects sanctioned under PMGSY – I (2000) and PMGSY-II (2013) respectively have been completed.

Challenges:

Poor road construction material, getting the work done through sub-contractors, as well as problems related to logistics or delays due to non-release of funds on time, etc.

Key Recommendations of the report:

  • Nodal agencies, both at the Central and State levels, need to adopt a collaborative approach.
  • This scheme should be linked with MNREGA.
  • Border Roads Organization (BRO) should adopt innovative measures for road construction in Left Wing Extremism affected areas.
  • Strict compliance to the provision of onsite road quality testing laboratories should be ensured.
  • After construction of roads, adequate funds should be released to ensure their maintenance. It should be ensured that unutilized funds are spent as early as possible.
  • The feasibility of accepting Panchayats as a reference point/unit should be considered.

Source – The Hindu

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