Modi’s big bang plan ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’
Aimed at winning over the rural people
Scheme named after Lok Nayak JP
New Delhi, October 8: In a bid to gain the confidence of rural masses, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to endear himself to the people with another prestigious scheme ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’. With the recent launch of ‘Swaccha Bharat’ he became the darling of all sections of Indian society. In another attempt to win over the people in rural areas, he wants to extend his sentiments with new scheme, which is scheduled to be grounded on October 11.
By catering to the sentiments of common people on national leaders into consideration, the PM has chosen the birth anniversaries of these leaders for launching of all these important schemes. He has chosen the Gandhi Jayanthi, October 2, for ‘Swaccha Bharat Abhiyaan’ and the birth anniversary of Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan for ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ on October 11.
With this scheme, Modi is planning to bring all 750-odd MPs to the capital along with rural development ministers and secretaries from states. The function is slated to be presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi showcasing the development of rural areas above politics.
As part of this scheme, each MP, both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, will adopt a village every year for all-round development with constituency development funds (MPLAD). This scheme will go along with several state and Centre’s programmes.
Of course, the launch of ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ will be a peculaiar one, since MPs belonging to various parties will share dais in New Delhi. Union Rural Development Minister Nithin Gadkari has already sent invitations to all MPs, states’ Rural Development Ministers and Secretaries to state governments. Apart from these invitees, the centre has planned to bring around 200 village sarpanchs to this mega event. PM wants to make this event a spectacular one compare to the earlier schemes ‘Swaccha Bharath’, ‘Make In India’ and ‘Jan Dhan Yojana’.
Modi doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned to hit back at his critics and political rivals. Since all these schemes are aimed at taking India on to Development track and to embracing the rural masses by developing the villages. Both Swaccha Bharath Abhiyaan and Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana have the nature of showing direct impact on rural masses.
Modi would like to be seen at the helm of a development initiative which is beyond the pale of partisan politics to corner the rival political parties. It may also be aimed at making it difficult for political rivals to paint Modi as lacking in ideas and commitment.
With such schemes Modi will be presenting himself as a federalist promoting a partnership between the Centre and states for development, since all these are with the participation of each and every one in the society.
What is ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana scheme?’
It may be recalled that Modi stressed on development of villages in his Independence Day speech saying that “it is shameful that our women have to wait for darkness to go out in the open and defecate. I am from a poor family and had experienced the poverty, and I sincerely believe and am very determined that the poor of India must have their dignity restored. This is important.”
In addition to this, Modi also stressed on ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ by saying, “I ask parliamentarians to choose one village each from the constituencies that they represent, fix parameters and make it a model one by year 2016. Thereafter, take on two or three more villages and do the same by the time the next general elections come along in 2019, and thereafter, set yourself ten-year-long village or rural improvement projects. I am sure all of us want a better, efficient and improved India. Parliamentarians want to do several things, but must do them step-by-step and not waste opportunities”.
Though there are several schemes on Prime Minister’s name, none of these schemes, except Jan Dhan Yojana, has Pradhan Manthri as prefix. Since all these schemes are aimed at development of villages and also for the betterment of livelihood of the people in general, rival political parties were also forced to accept and participate in the implementation of these programs.