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Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

What to study?

For Prelims: Key features of the Yojana.

For Mains: Significance and challenges present and ways to address them.

Context: Out of the total 790, only 252 Members of Parliament (MPs) have adopted gram panchayats under phase-4 of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).

Since the launch of the scheme, only 1,753 gram panchayats have been selected across four phases, way below the expected figure.

About Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana:

Launched in 2014, it is a village development project under which each Member of Parliament will take the responsibility of developing physical and institutional infrastructure in three villages by 2019.

The goal is to develop three Adarsh Grams or model villages by March 2019, of which one would be achieved by 2016. Thereafter, five such Adarsh Grams (one per year) will be selected and developed by 2024.

The Project was launched on the occasion of birth anniversary of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan.


  1. The scheme will be implemented through a village development plan that would be prepared for every identified gram panchayat with special focus on enabling every poor household to come out of poverty.
  2. The constituency fund, MPLADS, would be available to fill critical financing gaps.
  3. The planning process in each village will be a participatory exercise coordinated by the District Collector. The MP will play an active facilitating role in this exercise.
  4. Adoption and adaptation of technology and introduction of innovations are critical to this programme. This will include use of space application and remote sensing for planning, mobile based technology for monitoring, agriculture technology for increasing productivity etc.
  5. At the state level there will be an Empowered Committee headed by the Chief Secretary consisting of the relevant Departments and including experts, as required with at least two Civil Society representatives.
  6. The district Collector will be the nodal officer for implementing the SAGY. He will conduct a monthly review meeting with representatives of the participating Line Departments. The Members of Parliament concerned will chair the review meetings.
  7. SAGY gives focus to community participation. Social mobilization of village community can trigger a chain of other development activities in the village.

Sources: The Hindu.