- Every year MPs have to choose a gram panchayat for development
- Only 96 MPs i.e. only 12.29% did this in 2020-21.
- The biggest hurdle in implementing the scheme is that of funds
The Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, an ambitious ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ of the Indian government launched for the development of the country’s villages, seems to be hanging in the balance. Under this scheme of PM Narendra Modi’s favorite, every year MPs have to choose a gram panchayat for development in their area. But according to the data available with the Ministry of Rural Development, out of a total of 781 MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in 2020-21, only 96 MPs ie only 12.29% chose the Gram Panchayat. In the midst of questions arising over this ambitious plan of the Central Government, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development on Tuesday took stock of the bottlenecks in its implementation. Under the plan, every MP would have to choose a gram panchayat for development every year. But according to the data available with the Ministry of Rural Development, during the fifth phase of the plan, only 81 MPs (14.86%) elected the Gram Panchayat out of 545 MPs of Lok Sabha in 2020-21 whereas only 16 out of 236 of Rajya Sabha Gram Panchayat was chosen for development in the area, ie 6.7% only.
Actually, the biggest hurdle in implementing the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana is that of funds. Separate funds have not been allocated for this scheme. Because of this, it is not possible for MPs to start new development schemes in their chosen gram panchayat. Balominder Singh Bhundar, MP of Shiromani Akali Dal, says, “There are many administrative flaws in the design and funding of the scheme from its implementation.”
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Manoj Jha selected two gram panchayats of Bihar, Beehra and Pashtkar in 2018-2019, but funding was halted just before the Corona lockdown took place last year. RJD MP Manoj Jha told NewsBust, “The worst effect of freezing MPLAD funds due to Corona crisis has been the MP Adarsh Gram Yojana. Not having separate funds is a big problem. That’s why MPs The interest of this scheme is falling “. Obviously, the government will have to take the initiative quickly to overcome this question ..