Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh bags top position for implementing PMGSY.

Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh has bagged the first position among 30 districts of the country for successfully implementing the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

Highlights

  • Union Ministry of Rural Development declared the list of top performing 30 districts in the country.
  • Mandi district has received top position for constructing roads of maximum length in 2020-21.
  • Along with Mandi, 6 more districts of Himachal Pradesh have found place among top 30 best performing districts. 6 districts include – Una, Chamba, Kangra, Shimla, Sirmour, Hamirpur and Solan.
  • Among the states, Himachal Pradesh has secured second position for construction of roads under PMGSY.
  • Himachal Pradesh have improved its performance under the scheme by constructing 1104 Kilometres roads this year.

The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)

It is a nationwide scheme that aims to provide all-weather road connectivity to the unconnected villages. The scheme was launched in 2000 by Late Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The PMGSY is being implemented under the Ministry of Rural Development. It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme. In November 2015,  it was decided that the project will be funded by both the central government (60%) and states (40%) on the recommendations of 14th Finance Commission. PMGSY connect habitations having population of more than 250 in the hilly states and above 500 in the plains.