Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA)
The Government on 24/04/2018 on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day launched the restructured Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) for implementation from 01.04.2018 to 31.03.2022 with the primary aim of strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with main thrust on convergence with Mission Antyodaya and emphasis on strengthening PRIs in the 117 Aspirational districts. The scheme has been approved with total budget outlay of Rs. 7255.50 crore out of which State share will be Rs. 2755.50 crore and the Central share will be Rs. 4500.00 crore. The scheme extends to all States and UTs including non-Part IX areas where Panchayats do not exist.
The scheme consists of Central and State Components. The Central component comprises (i) National level activities viz. National Plan for Technical Assistance (NPTA) including NPMU, collaboration with academic institutions/ institutions of excellence including NIRD&PR, Hyderabad for various activities of CB&T for PRIs (ii) Mission Mode Project (MMP) on e-Panchayat and (iii) Incentivization of Panchayats. The State component relates to activities to be undertaken by State Governments for CB&T and other activities for strengthening of Panchayats viz Capacity Building &Training, training infrastructure and HR support for training, Strengthening of Gram Sabhas in PESA areas, Distance Learning Facility via SATCOM, Support for Innovations, Technical support to PRIs, Financial Data and Analysis Cell, Panchayat Buildings, e-enablement of Panchayats, Project based funding for economic development and income enhancement, IEC and PMU. The sharing pattern for the State component is in the ratio of 60:40 except NE and Hilly States where Central and State sharing is in the ratio of 90:10. For all UTs, Central share is 100%.
The scheme has programmatic focus for phased saturation mode on ensuring basic orientation training for the Elected Representatives of Panchayats, within six months of their election and refresher trainings within 2 years. RGSA will have thrust for SHG-PRI convergence to ensure effective community mobilisation and greater public ownership of flagship programs of the Govt. Use of e-governance and technology driven solutions at Panchayat level will be increased to attain administrative efficiency, improved service delivery, and greater accountability.
For enabling the PRIs to implement the RGSA in a meaningful, concerted and result oriented manner, a Framework for Implementation of RGSA has been prepared and shared with the States.
During the year 2018-19, Ministry has approved the Annual Action Plans (AAPs) of 32 States/UTs and Rs 598.21 crore has been released to States and implementing agencies etc under the scheme..
Further, with a view to expeditiously implement the scheme and for achieving the stipulated objectives in a progressive manner, this Ministry has taken the initiative for approval of the Annual Action Plans for the year 2019-20 of all States / UTs by the Central Empowered Committee of RGSA, well in advance so that the States / UTs have full year for implementation of their approved activities. Towards this end, the 3rd meeting of the CEC of RGSA was held on 22nd and 23rd February, 2019 and the Annual Action Plans for 2019-20 of 33 States / UTs were approved. The minutes of the meeting have been accordingly communicated to the concerned States/UTs and participants.
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