Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, reviews Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana

Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, reviews Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana

Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment reviewed PMAGY during 2nd meeting of the Central Advisory Committee (CAC) here today. The meeting was organized to review the progress of implementation of PMAGY in the selected 1000 villages of 5 PMAGY States. The meeting was chaired by Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot with Minister (Rural Development) as co-chair. The meeting was also attended by the Shri V. Sampla, MoS (SJE), Shri P L Punia, Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Shri Dhani Ram P Shandil, Minister (SJE) from Himachal Pradesh, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, MP (Lok Sabha) and Shri Ramen Deka, MP (Lok Sabha).

 The five PMAGY States were represented by senior officials of these States. Advisor (HRG, ENSD), Niti Ayog , representatives of the Central Ministries/ Departments, and National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad were also present along with 5 non-official members of the CAC.

 The Pilot Scheme of PMAGY was launched in March, 2010, as a Centrally Sponsored Pilot Scheme, for the integrated development of 1000 villages with > 50% SC Population in 5 States. The objective of the Scheme is integrated development of the said villages. Primarily through convergent implementation of the relevant Central and State Schemes and providing these villages gap-filling funds to the extent of Rs.20.00 lakh on an average basis.

 Presently the Scheme is being implemented in 5 States namely Assam, Bihar, HP, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu selected from 5 geographical regions of the country, namely North-East, East, North, West and South respectively. From each state except Assam, 225 villages are being covered under the Scheme. In Assam, 100 villages have been selected.

 The Minister (SJE) advised the PMAGY States to make all out efforts to achieve the objectives of the Scheme, i.e., attainment of Adarsh Gram Status by the selected villages.


Heritage City Development Scheme (HRIDAY) launched : Centre to fund entire expenditure

 Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu sanctions Rs.500 cr for 12 cities under the scheme

 Varanasi gets Rs.89 cr, Amritsar-Rs.69 cr, Ajmer-Rs.40 cr and Dwaraka-22.26 cr

 Shri Naidu says no nation can progress ignoring its culture and heritage

The National Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) that seeks to preserve and rejuvenate the rich cultural heritage of the country was launched by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, here today. Minister of Tourism and Culture Dr.Mahesh Sharma and Members of Lok Sabha representing different cities selected under HRIDAY also attended the launch.

 Speaking on the occasion, Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu said ‘No nation can move forward ignoring its cultural heritage and legacy. India is a diverse land of languages and religions and we need to preserve the legacy of all kinds. HRIDAY is a step towards reviving the soul of cities hosting such rich heritage’.

Elaborating on the new initiative, Shri Naidu said, ‘HRIDAY seeks to promote an integrated, inclusive and sustainable development of heritage sites, focusing not just on maintenance of monuments but on advancement of the entire ecosystem including its citizens, tourists and local businesses.’ He said, with 32 UNESCO recognized natural and cultural heritage sites, ranking second in Asia and fifth in the world, the tourism potential of the country is still to be fully harnessed and the new scheme will help in this regard.

 Informing that Rs.500 cr would be provided to the 12 cities selected in the first phase under the ‘Central Schme’ of HRIDY, Shri Naidu said, central government will meet the entire expenditure under the scheme. He however, urged the states and local urban bodies to supplement their resources for rapid development of heritage cities. He also called for involvement of NGOs, spiritual organisations and private sector for effective implementation of the scheme. He stressed that urban development efforts should aim at blending ‘nature and culture for a better future’.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu distributed sanction letters to the 12 cities for spending over the next two years. Based on city population, Varanasi was allocated Rs.89.31 cr, Amritsar-Rs.69.31 cr, Warangal(Telangana)-Rs.40.54 cr, Ajmer-Rs.40.04 cr, Gaya-Rs.40.04 cr, Mathura-Rs.40.04 cr, Kanchipuram-Rs.23.04 cr and Vellankini-Rs.22.26 cr, both in Tamil Nadu, Amaravati(AP)-Rs.22.26 cr, Badami (Karnataka)-Rs.22.26 cr, Dwaraka(Gujarat)-Rs.22.26 cr and Puri-Rs.22.54 cr.

 Minister of Tourism and Culture Dr.Mahesh Sharma welcoming the HRIDAY scheme said that in conjunction with the schemes of his ministry, it will help in promoting tourism in the country. He stressed that development can’t be at the cost of heritage of the country.

 Shri Pinaki Mishra, MP from Puri said that after 68 years of Independence such a novel initiative has been launched which would go a long way in developing heritage cities. He noted that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the country is learning to think big.

 Municipal Commissioners of all the 12 selected cities made brief presentations on the tangible and intangible cultural assets of respective cities and the plans for their development under HRIDAY. An exhibition was also organized highlighting various aspects of these cities.

 Shri Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary(UD) gave details of various initiatives of the government for urban development.

 Members of Lok Sabha who attended the launch included Shri Pinaki Mishra, Ms.Poonam Behn, Shri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Shri Kadiyam Srihari and Shri P.C.Gaddigoudar.


Shri Bibek Debroy takes over as member NITI Aayog

Shri Bibek Debroy, a renowned economist took over as member NITI Aayog here today. A professor at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi previously, Shri Debroy has also worked as Director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, Consultant to the Union Finance Ministry in various capacities and Chairman of the High Powered Committee on Railways restructuring.

 Shri Debroy has been associated with a number of prestigious institutes in the field of academics including Presidency College Kolkata Delhi School of Economics Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, the National Council of Applied Economic Research, Trinity College, Cambridge, and institute for South Asian Studies , Singapore.

 Born on 25 January 1955, Shri Debroy has authored several books, papers and articles on Economic issues besides authoring a ten-volume unabridged English translation of the Hindu epic the Mahabharata.

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