Central Govt. approves Restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) 2018

Published Date - 24 April 2018 05:58:16 Updated Date - 24 April 2018 06:01:32

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Saturday gave its approval for restructured centrally sponsored scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA). The restructured scheme will focus on training, building infrastructure, stepping up initiatives for e-governance under e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project (MMP) to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The total outlay for the scheme during April 1 this year to March 31, 2022, is ₹7,255.50 crore, of which the Centre’s share would be ₹4,500 crore.

Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan lays emphasis on local governance in order to make optimum utilization of resources. This scheme is specifically designed to work in convergence with Mission Antyodaya for Gram Panchayats and 115 Aspirational districts (identified by NITI Aayog).

Gram Panchayats are the institutions closest to grassroot level and comprises of SC, ST & women. So, strengthening of GPs will ensure the growth of poor people along with equity, inclusiveness, social and economic development

 Expenditure

The scheme will be implemented during the period from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2022 at the total cost of Rs 7255.50 crore. Of the total cost, the Central share will be Rs 4500 crore and the State share will be Rs 2755.50 crore. The total expenditure for Restructured RGSA 2018 as specified by the central govt. is 7255.50 crore for 4 years. Out of this, share of the Central govt. is Rs. 4500 crore while that of state govt. is Rs. 2755.50 crore. The distribution of share is as follows:-

Distribution of Expenditure

Financial Year

State Share

Central Govt. Share

2018-19

Rs. 585.51 crore

Rs. 969.27 crore

2019-20

Rs. 877.84 crore

Rs. 1407.76 crore

2020-21

Rs. 712.63 crore

Rs. 1160.94 crore

2021-22

Rs. 579.52 crore

Rs. 962.03 crore

Total Expenditure

Rs. 2755.50 crore

Rs. 4500 crore

Through this scheme, Panchayati Raj Institutions will make increased usage of e-governance to provide effective service delivery and transparency. Restructured RGSA will strengthen Gram Sabhas to work efficiently with social inclusion of vulnerable groups.

Details of Restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan 2018

The important features and highlights of RGSA 2018 are as follows:-

  • RGSA 2018 will now extends to all states and Union Territories. It also includes rural local govt. institutions in non-Part IX areas where Panchayats does not exists.
  • Restructured RGSA has 2 components – Central Component and State Component. These 2 components comprises of the following activities:-
  • Central Component (National Activities) – This includes ‘National Plan of Technical Assistance’, ‘Mission Mode Project on e-Panchayat’ and ‘Incentivization of Panchayats’. Govt. of India will provide complete funds for the Central Component.
  • State Component – Capacity Building of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs). For State component, the Centre : State funding pattern will be in the ratio of 60:40 for states, 90:10 for North East & Hill States. Central govt. share will be 100% for UTs with and without legislatures.

● The primary objective is to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with focus on panchayats identified under Mission Antodaya and other 115 aspirational districts (identified by NITI Aayog).

● Restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan will converge all the capacity building initiatives of other ministries as well.

● Sunset date for RGSA will be 31 March 2030.

Implementation – Central and State govt. will perform and complete activities as per their defined roles. Restructured RGSA will be implemented in a demand driven mode. All the states will formulate their Annual Action Plans to seek financial assistance from Central govt. as per their needs and requirements.

Significance

• The scheme will help more than 2.55 lakh Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) to develop e-governance capabilities for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through inclusive local governance. 

• The key taglines of SDGs are- leaving no one behind, reaching the farthest first and universal coverage and gender equality to be instilled in all capacity building interventions including trainings, training modules and materials. 

• The scheme seeks for programmatic union of the Mission Antyodaya’s identified Gram Panchayats and 115 Aspirational districts identified by NITI Aayog.

• The scheme will encourage Gram Sabhas to work as effective institutions with social inclusion of citizens particularly the vulnerable groups. 

• It will establish the institutional structure for capacity building of PRIs at the national, state and district level with adequate human resources and infrastructure. 

Background

The Union Finance Minister Arun Jailtey announced the launch of new restructured scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) in his budget speech 2016-17 to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system across the nation.

Subsequently, a committee under the Chairmanship of the Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog was constituted to restructure the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) Scheme as Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan Scheme. For more details on RGSA 2018, please visit the official website – rgsa.nic.in


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