5,612 km of roads to be developed under PMGSY 

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  • 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).  
  • ThisCentrally Sponsored Scheme HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pradhan_Mantri_Gram_Sadak_Yojana#cite_note-3"was introduced in 2000 by the then-prime minister of India Late ShriAtal Bihari Vajpayee. 
  • The Assam Tribune has reported that the scheme has started to change the lifestyle of many villagers as it has resulted in new roads and upgrade of certain inter-village routes in Manipur. 

The aim was to provide roads to all villages 

  • With a population of 1000 persons and above by 2003 
  • With a population of 500 persons and above by 2007 
  • In hill states, tribal and desert area villages with a population of 500 persons and above by 2003 
  • In hill states, tribal and desert area villages with a population of 250 persons and above by 2007.  
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