New Delhi: The Ministry of Rural Development headed by Secretary Amarjeet Sinha, today made a detailed presentation on the Ministry’s plans on fostering higher inclusive growth, equity, efficiency and transparency – to the Chairperson NK Singh and Members and senior Officials of the Fifteenth Finance Commission.
The Presentation dwelled upon the changing structure of rural economy; Gram Panchayat led, data-driven and accountable development approach; governance reforms for better outcomes and other specific proposals for rural development.
The Ministry made a case for additional resources for Rural India on the account of:-
- Higher/New State Share – PMGSY, PMAY (G).
- Extra Budgetary borrowing – PMAY Gramin.
- Finance Commission transfer.
- The massive rise in loans to SHGs – Rs.81,077 Cr.
- Increasing incomes through livelihood thrust – farm ponds, wells, animal sheds/resources.
- Larger effective transfer due to governance reforms – IT/DBT – Decline in leakages.
- Other specific proposals of Rural Development like maintenance of roads, transfer of certain schemes, and Human Resource Reforms.
The presentation also made a case of Government’s Reforms and conversant Growth Panchayat Development:-
- Governance Reform and Convergent Gram Panchayat Development Plans as necessary pre-condition for fund transfers
- Capacity building of Panchayats (along with women SHGs), use of technology, data-driven financial management reforms, and geo-tagging as necessary conditions.
- Comprehensive HR as part of recommendations.
- Earmarking for road maintenance.
- Transferring DRDSs to States.
The Commission shall now take into consideration all the issues raised for the purpose of framing its recommendations to the government.