Odisha has recorded a stellar performance in completing the assigned targets set by the Union ministry of rural development under the Centre’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
Out of the target of 7000 km stipulated by the ministry, actual achievement in Odisha has been 7009.19 km as on March 31, 2018. Union rural development secretary Amarjeet Sinha has heaped the praise on Bishnupada Sethi, the state’s rural development secretary and his team for the mind boggling feat. Its Sethi’s vision and dogged pursuit coupled with the hard work put in by engineers and officials that had made this achievement possible.
Incidentally, Odisha is the only state to have achieved this rare distinction of fulfilling the Centre’s target for coverage of rural roads under PMGSY. No other state has met the target. Pan-India target under PMGSY was 51,000 km but actual achievement against this target is 44,177 km (as on March 31, 2018). After Odisha, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh have occupied the second and third slots in PMGSY coverage.
“Rural connectivity is the key to socio-economic transformation and on behalf the government I thank everyone, the engineers, the officials and the people who have made this feat possible,” Sethi said.
As far as Odisha is concerned, out of 30 districts, Sundargarh topped the list with completion of 710 km and followed by Mayurbhanj with 633 km and Ganjam with completion of 547 km of rods under PMGSY in the same period.
PMGSY was introduced during 2000 to provide all-weather connectivity in rural areas with cent per cent central assistance. During 2015-16, the states were asked to share 40 per cent of the project cost, with remaining to be borne by the centre.
Under the scheme, all-weather connectivity is being provided to habitations with minimum 250 population in 18 Integrated Action Plan (IAP) districts and habitations having 500 or more population in other 12 non-IAP districts.