New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) saying that the scheme was driven by demand and not by supply. Launching the scheme on the occasion of birth anniversary of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan, Modi said, "The country's development model has been supply driven. We want to change it by making it demand driven."
Talking about the scheme, Modi said, "This is not a scheme about money. It is people driven and guided by people's participation, guided by the MPs. With MPs involved in this Yojana we can target about 1500 villages."
The scheme aimed to keep the soul of rural India alive while providing people with quality access to basic amenities and opportunities to enable them to shape their own destiny.
Modi also asked the MPs not to choose the scheme for their own village. "The only condition that I have for the MP is that they should not choose their own village for this scheme. I too have to select a village for Varanasi. I received the guidelines. Will go there, discuss and decide," Modi said.
He added that the scheme was just an effort to rectify errors in previous schemes. "I am not saying that this is the ultimate solution to developing villages. This is an effort to correct the flaws in previous schemes," Modi added.
Inspired by the principles and values of Mahatma Gandhi, the scheme laid equal stress on nurturing values of national pride, patriotism, community spirit, self-confidence and on developing infrastructure.
The scheme was unique and transformative as it has a holistic approach towards development. It envisaged integrated development of the selected village across multiple areas such as agriculture, health, education, sanitation, environment, livelihoods etc.
The SAGY also aimed at instilling certain values, such as people's participation, Antyodaya, gender equality, dignity of women, social justice, spirit of community service, cleanliness, eco-friendliness, maintaining ecological balance, peace and harmony, mutual cooperation, self-reliance, local self government, transparency and accountability in public life, etc in the villages and their people so that they get transformed into models for others.
In districts where this unit size was not available, gram panchayats approximating the desirable population size may be chosen. If each MP adopts three villages, the scheme will be able to develop 2,379 gram panchayats over the next five years.