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The Union Cabinet on Wednesday permitted an extension to the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA), a centrally-sponsored scheme to help rural India achieve key targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015, are a set of 17 targets which require “urgent call for action by all member countries”. The first purpose is to finish poverty in all its kinds by 2030.

The scheme value 5,911 crore is aimed toward empowering 2,78,000 Panchayati Raj establishments, or elected rural native governments, to implement a set of social targets which the UN has deemed obligatory for sustainable growth.

The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, permitted the revamped RGSA to be executed from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2026. It will give attention to growing “governance capabilities” of Panchayati Raj establishments.

According to the Centre for Science and Environment’s “State of India’s Environment Report, 2022” launched final month, India slipped three spots from final year’s 117 to rank 120 on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted as part of the 2030 agenda by 192 United Nations member states in 2015.

The revamped scheme cleared by the Cabinet focuses on SDGs in 9 areas. These are poverty free and enhanced livelihood in villages; wholesome village, child-friendly village; water-sufficient village; clear and inexperienced village; self-sufficient infrastructure in village; socially secured village; village with good governance and engendered growth in village.

Of the whole monetary outlay of 5911 crore, the central share is 3700 crore, whereas the share of states is 2211 crore.

“Implementation and monitoring of the activities of the scheme will broadly be aligned for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Panchayats are the focal points for all the developmental activities and implementation of schemes of various Ministries/ Departments and State Government to achieve SDGs,” a Cabinet assertion mentioned.

According to the scheme’s purpose plan, as panchayats have illustration of “Schedule Castes, Schedule Tribes and women”, and are “institutions closest to the grassroots”, strengthening panchayats will promote fairness and inclusiveness, together with social justice and financial growth of the neighborhood”.


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