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The Saansad Aadarsh Gram Yojna is also known as SAGY.  It was released on the 11th of October,2014  by the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. It was also the birth anniversary of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The goal was to introduce and establish three Adarsh Grams (one per year) by 2016. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, the Scheme aims to achieve and nurture values of patriotism, national pride, self-confidence, community spirit, and the development of infrastructure. SAGY aims to support the survival of the rural Indian soul while also offering its people the opportunity to access basic amenities and opportunities to enable them to pave their future.

Under this Scheme, each Member of the Parliament adopts a Gram Panchayat and takes lead on the wholesome progress of it through the promotion of social development importance and brings on the same page as the infrastructure. The Adarsh Grams are to become schools, institutions of local development, and governance. Villagers are included in the process along with scientific tools and a village development plan is prepared under the MP’s leadership which is demand-driven, society-inspired, and wholly based on the people’s participation.

Objectives of SAGY

  • The Gram Panchayats undergo a holistic process that is triggered by the scheme.
  • Improvement in standard of living and quality of life through better livelihood opportunities, higher productivity, reduced income disparities, wider social mobilization and so on.
  • To help the identified Adarsh Grams grow as schools of local development to train other Gram Panchayats.

Steps to achieve the objectives of SAGY

  • A strong focus on the outcomes and sustainability
  • Engaging with and the mobilization of the community for participatory local level development.
  • Joining forces of different government programs and private and voluntary initiatives to achieve comprehensive development.

Qualifications for a village for SAGY

  • Lok Sabha MP will choose a Gram Panchayat from within his/her constituency and Rajya Sabha Gram Panchayat from the rural area of a district of his/ her choice in the State.
  • The Gram Panchayat is a basic unit that will have a population of 3000-5000 in plain areas and 1000-3000 in the hilly tribal and difficult areas.
  • The Mp can identify any village to be a suitable prospect other than his/ her village or of his/her spouse.

Use of Technology and Innovation in SAGY

  • Water supply, sanitation, and hygiene-related technologies
  • Mobile-based technology has seen a boost
  • Adequate building construction technologies
  • Space application and remote sensing has been introduced
  • Livelihood-centric innovations and technologies.

The game plan to convert the identified village to an Adarsh Gram

  • Promotion of transparency and accountability.
  • Repairing and renovation of the pre-existing infrastructure to the farthest extent possible.
  • Joining teams of Central Sector and Center-sponsored schemes and some state schemes to the best extent possible.

An Adarsh Gram is a compilation of society’s shared vision, making the best possible use of the currently available resources, that are facilitated by the MP, the civil society, the government machinery, and the Gram Panchayat. This will promote good governance, social security, economic development, personal development, and human development as well.

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