To revive the rural economy after the lockdown by providing jobs, the State government has decided to develop 5,612 km of rural roads, on an estimated budget of ₹2,729 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
Out of the allocation, the Centre and the State will incur an expenditure of ₹1,274 crore and ₹1,455 crore, respectively.
A sum of ₹1,100 crore has been released and tenders have been called for developing rural roads.
A sum of ₹1 crore each has been released to 49 drought-hit taluks of the State for providing drinking water.
A sum of ₹50 lakh each has been released to 127 taluks not hit by drought.
Referring to jobs under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, the Centre had released ₹1,039 crore for providing wages and ₹821 crore for supplying materials. Wage under the scheme has been increased to ₹275 a day.
Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana
ThePradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana(PMGSY) is a nationwide plan inIndiato provide good all-weather road connectivity to unconnected villages.
Of 178,000 (1.7 lakh) habitations with a population of above 500 in the plains and above 250 in the hilly areas planned to be connected by all-weather roads, 82% were already connected by December 2017 and work-in-progress on the remaining 47,000 habitations was on-track for completion by March 2019 (c. December 2017).