Saansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) is a rural development program launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister concerned with the social and cultural development and to provoke active participation of the rural community to create model villages one by one.
The primary objectives of the program is to
- Develop Aadarsh Grams through the application of existing schemes and new initiatives reciprocating the needs in the locality or village community, which varies from village to village.
- Creating ideal village development which can be replicated in other villages as well.
- To initiate steps that lead to development of the identified Gram Panchayats
- To improve the standard of living of all sections through
- Better livelihood opportunities
- Wider social mobilization
- Higher productivity
- Enriched social capital
- Improved basic amenities
- Enhanced human development
The Plan behind SAGY
The vision of our Hon’ble Prime Minister is that, if we have to build a nation we have, to begin with the villages of our country. He firmly believes that if every member of parliament takes the initiative to transform villages in his/her constituency, a large number of villages would have seen development.
Under this program, each MP must choose one village from the constituency they represent and make it a model village by 2016.
After that they can two or more villages and do the same by the time the next general elections are held in 2019, and after that set themselves ten year development schemes.
What was the aim behind SAGY Yojana
The aim is to initiate and establish holistic development of Gram Panchayat. To significantly upgrade the standard and quality of life by targeting certain important aspects that can be broadly categorized as:
Personal development- personal values, cleanliness, cultural heritage
Human development- education, health, nutrition, social security
Economic development-livelihood, skill, financial inclusion
Social development-social values/ethics, social justice, good governance.
Strategy behind SAGY
- Conduct initiative programmes to create awareness towards active participation.
- Exercises for identifying the needs and priorities in an organized manner.
- Gathering resources from the central sector and centrally sponsored schemes and to their maximum extent.
- Repairing and rehabilitating existing infrastructure.
- Strengthening panchayats and public awareness
- Acting responsibly and with transparency.
A quick overview as to how SAGY is to be implemented
Identification- To initiate steps towards the development of the Aadarsh Gram we have to first identify them. The selection of these villages are up to the discretion of the MPs or in general a tribal village or one with a population of 3000-5000 we’ll be an ideal selection as an Aadarsh Gram.
A Member of Parliament can freely choose his/her own village as an Aadarsh Gram. First identify one village for initial development then shortlist 2-3 more villages for subsequent development under the programme. The objective is to establish three Aadarsh Grams by 2019 or at least one by 2016. The target is to develop 5 of them at the rate of one per year by 2024.
Roles and responsibilities- Identification of Aadarsh Gram and social mobilization of the village community through a series of inculcating activities. Communicate the purpose and value of the program to all residents and be specific and transparent about the goals. Include suggestions and priorities and formulate a functional plan. Encourage participation and utilization of necessary resources through local contribution. The MPs will take responsibility to monitor the progress from time to tone and get involved to overcome obstacles that may arise through time. Ensure complete transparency throughout, from planning to implementation of outcomes and benefits.
How is SAGY going?
Currently, the second phase of Saansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana is in action, and so far we have seen only 40 MPs have adopted villages, 33 LokSabha members, and 7 RajyaSabha members, to develop them as model villages. Whereas in the first phase this count was well over 499 MPs in LokSabha and 199 MPs in RajyaSabha.
My Views on Saansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana
The Saansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana has been finally kicked off, and since the day of its launch 11 October 2014, almost two years have passed, and only a few have been actually benefited by it. The ruling party BJP has tried its level best to bring it into motion, but as we can see, there are conflicts about the funding of the scheme and activities. The opposition claims that it’s not right to use funding from the MPLAD scheme as they state that they’re already being used in other various development programs. Although it might not be justice to the efforts of the active government towards rural and as a result a nationwide development. This is nothing but an obstacle in the path of advancement and a quality living. It can only be overcome by unbiased and unprejudiced contribution towards community service through active participation and selfless attributes.