The aims of the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY) are to:
- Ensure integrated development of the selected villages into “model villages”.
- Provide all requisite physical and social infrastructure for the socio-economic development of the selected villages.
- Eliminate the disparity between the Scheduled Caste (SC) and non-SC population in terms of common socio-economic indicators.
- Raise the level of socio-economic indicators in the selected villages to at least the level of the national average.
- Create a sustainable and equitable model of rural development that can be replicated in other villages across the country.
The PMAGY is a centrally sponsored scheme, which means that the central government provides financial assistance to the state governments for the implementation of the scheme. The scheme is targeted at villages with a population of over 50% SCs.
The PMAGY is a comprehensive scheme that covers a wide range of sectors, including:
- Infrastructure: drinking water and sanitation, roads, housing, electricity, etc.
- Education: schools, anganwadis, adult education centers, etc.
- Health: primary health centers, hospitals, etc.
- Agriculture: irrigation, seeds, fertilizers, etc.
- Social welfare: widow pension, old age pension, disability pension, etc.
The PMAGY is implemented by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at the central level and by the state rural development departments at the state level.
The PMAGY has been successful in achieving its aims in many villages across the country. The scheme has helped to improve the quality of life of people in these villages by providing them with access to essential infrastructure, services, and amenities. The scheme has also helped to reduce the disparity between the SC and non-SC population in these villages.
The PMAGY is a significant initiative of the Government of India towards the development of rural India. The scheme is playing a key role in creating sustainable and equitable rural communities.