Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan
- Prime Minister launched a scheme called Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) that seeks to strengthen the country’s Panchayati Raj system and address critical gaps that hinder its success.
- He launched the scheme at Ramnagar in tribal-dominated district of Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day.
- The scheme aims at making rural local bodies self-sustainable, financially stable and more efficient.
- It seeks to address critical gaps that hinder the success of Panchayats by enhancing their capacities and effectiveness, and promote devolution of powers and responsibilities.
- This scheme will extend to all States and UTs of the country and will also include institutions of rural local government in non-Part IX areas, where Panchayats do not exist.
- The approved scheme of RGSA will help more than 2.55 lakh Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) to develop governance capabilities to deliver on SDGs through inclusive local governance with focus on optimum utilisation of available resources.
The key principles of SDGs are:-
- leaving no one behind,
- reaching the farthest first and universal coverage,
- along with gender equality will be embedded in the design of all capacity building interventions including trainings,
- Training modules and materials.
- Priority will be given to subjects of national importance that affects the excluded groups the most,
- poverty, primary health services, nutrition, immunization, sanitation, education, water conservation, digital transactions etc.
- A Committee under the Chairmanship of the Vice Chairman-NITI Aayog is constituted to restructure the existing scheme as Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan.