HP Govt claims Solan and Sirmour have 44 Adarsh Villages equipped with all modern amenities
SHIMLA- Himachal Pradesh Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Dr. Dhani Ram Shandil, has claimed that 44 villages of Solan and Sirmaur district have been equipped with all modern facilities required for growth and development. These villages, he said, were developed under “Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana”.
Two villages in each constituency are included every year under this scheme to award benefit to maximum people, he said. He also claimed that the State has launched Mukhya Mantri Adrash Gram Yojna in villages with scheduled caste population of more than 40 percent.
However, verdict of people on the same is not included in the official statement.
He also claimed that Rs. 1182 crores were spent during 2016-2017 under Scheduled Caste Sub Plan for developmental works in the state for welfare of scheduled caste persons. In the year 2017-2018, under the sub plan for upliftment of persons belonging to S.C category, Rs. 1436 crores are being spent.
He provided the statistics at a regional conference of Ministers of Social Welfare of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttrakhand held in Chandigarh.
Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot, appreciated the achievements of HP Government, and claimed that it successfully implemented the “Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana”. Under this scheme, 44 villages were transformed into ‘Adarsh Villages’.
About Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana
The scheme was launched by Indian Government in 2009-10 for about 44,000 eligible villages in India.
The aim f the scheme, along with promoting equality and upliftment of deprived SCs, is to give priority to delivery of basic minimum services like primary education, health, drinking water, nutrition, rural housing, and rural electrification. Further, development of agriculture and allied activities like animal husbandry, dairy etc. that provide a source of livelihood to the SC population are included in the main objectives of the scheme.
Historically, Union Ministry claims, India has suffered social disabilities and educational and economic deprivation arising out of them.
As a solution, Indian constitution has special provisions under Article 46 of Part IV (“Directive Principles of State Policy”) for promotion of special care, education, and economic interests of the weaker sections of the people. Emphasis is laid, in particular, on the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes. Article 38 (2) also ask the government to minimise inequities in income, and to endeavor to eliminate inequalities in status, facilities and opportunities.