The aim is to develop three Adarsh Grams by March 2019, of which one would be achieved by 2016. Thereafter, five such Adarsh Grams (one per year) will be chosen and developed by 2024.
Values of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana
- Far beyond mere infrastructure development, SAGY focuses on instilling certain values in the villages and their people so that they get transformed into models for others. These values cover:
- Adopting people’s participation as an end in itself – confirming the involvement of all sections of society in all aspects related to the life of the village, especially in decision- making concerned to governance
- Adhering to Antyodaya – enabling the “poorest and the weakest person” in the village to achieve well being
- assuring gender equality and ensuring respect for women
- Guaranteeing social justice
- Instilling dignity of labour and the spirit of community service and voluntarism
- Encouraging a culture of cleanliness
- Living in consonance with nature – confirming a balance between development and ecology
- Conserving and promoting local cultural heritage
- Helping mutual cooperation, self-help, and self-reliance
- Fostering peace and harmony in the village community
- Showing about transparency, accountability, and probity in public life
- Nurturing local self-governance
- Adhering to the values enshrined in the Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties of the Indian Constitution.
- Proactive disclosure of all information pertaining to the implementation of the programme in the public domain and through wall-writing, notice boards in the local language. This should necessarily include the list of beneficiaries, item-wise budgets, and expenditure.
- Gram Panchayat acting as an information facilitation centre
- Timely redressal of grievances filed by people, such that:
- Grievances of all nature to be deposited to the Gram Panchayat / Charge Officer and dated receipt to be given
- Grievances to be redressed within three weeks with a written reply
- Institutionalization of proper open platforms for the airing of grievances and their redressal, coordinated by the Gram Panchayat
- Half yearly Social Audit of the programme implementation by the Gram Sabha help by the Social Audit Units set up under MGNREGA.
Identification of Adarsh gram
A Gram Panchayat would be the proper unit. It will have a population of 3000-5000 in plain areas and 1000-3000 in hilly, tribal and difficult areas. In districts where this unit size is not taken, Gram Panchayats approximating the desirable population size may be selected.
The MP would be free to identify a suitable Gram Panchayat for being developed as Adarsh Gram, other than his/her own village or that of his/her spouse.
The MP will identify one Gram Panchayat to be taken up readily, and two others to be taken up a little later. Lok Sabha MP has to choose a Gram Panchayat from within his/her constituency and Rajya Sabha MP a Gram Panchayat from the rural area of a district of his/her choice in the State from which he/she is nominated. Nominated MPs may choose a Gram Panchayat from the rural area of any district in the country. In the case of urban constituencies, (where there are no Gram Panchayats), the MP will identify a Gram Panchayat from a nearby rural constituency.
The Gram Panchayats once chosen by members of Parliament (whose tenures have ended on account of resignation or otherwise) would be continued as such under SAGY irrespective of whether activities have already been launched in the GP under SAGY or not. The newly elected MPs will have the option to select the GP of their choice and two more subsequently by 2019.
Basically, the goal is to develop three Adarsh Grams by March 2019, of which one would be achieved by 2016. Thereafter, five such Adarsh Grams (one per year) will be selected and developed by 2024.