The Centre has urged the states to speed up the execution of central schemes to achieve the goal of “developed India”. Addressing an All India Conclave of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Ministers at Guwahati, Assam, the Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water & Sanitation, Narendra Singh Tomar, said that the development of India is intrinsically linked to development of villages. He said that despite 70 years of Independence, India is still lagging behind on several developmental parameters.
Tomar said that for the first time since Independence, the NDA government has fixed the target years for completion of several major Central schemes, which were otherwise being executed in a routine fashion. Citing the example of the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana (PMAY), he said by 2019, one crore houses would be provided to the eligible beneficiaries after taking into consideration of SECC census, 2011, and 40 lakh incomplete houses will be completed under the old scheme of Indira Aawas Yojana. He added that by 2022, all the deprived sections of society will be given pucca houses under PMAY.
Similarly, speaking on the issue of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Tomar said that that between the year 2011-2014, only 73 kilometres of rural roads were built daily, while between 2014 to 2016, it had increased to 100 kilometres per day, and this year, up to 140 kilometres of roads are being built each day. He said that 15 per cent of rural roads built under PMGSY were using green technologies like cold mix, fly ash, geo-textiles, plastic and other waste materials and urged the states to use this technology on a larger scale. He urged the states to complete the road projects in a timely fashion to avail Central funds and incentives, as budget is no constraint for PMGSY.