Cabinet approves revised PMGSY scheme
The Union Cabinet Thursday approved revising the Core Network under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yjana (PMGSY).
The Cabinet approved inclusion of 2,687 left-out unconnection habitations (as per 2001 census) in Tribal (Schedule-V) areas (other than 82 IAP districts already covered) and Blocks in PMGSY adjoining International Border under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) and to provide new connectivity to these habitations, at an estimated cost of Rs.5929 crore.
The Cabinet also approved upgradation of selected roads measuring about 2000 km length out of the roads, the assessment of surface condition of which could not be carried out properly earlier, in the Tribal (Schedule-V) areas and Blocks adjoining the International Border under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) at an estimated cost of Rs.1000 core.
The Cabinet authorized Minister of Rural Development to include any cases of additional number of habitations, subject to overall budgetary allocations for the Scheme in consultation with the Ministry of Finance.
Construction/upgradation of rural road under PMGSY provides socioeconomic benefits to all sections of the rural population including scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, differently abled and minority communities, the Cabinet stated.
"The funds will be used to provide all-weather connectivity to rural areas. It will, therefore, promote equity and geographical inclusiveness of growth processes by enhancing connectivity in the poorer and backward regions," it said.