The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has revamped the existing Scheme of ‘Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub-Scheme (SCA to TSS) with the nomenclature ‘Pradhan Mantri Adi Adarsh Gram Yojna (PMAAGY)’, which aims at transforming villages with significant tribal population into model villages (Adarsh Gram) covering about the population of 4.22 crore (About 40% of the total Tribal Population).
The plan is to include 36,428 villages that have at least 50% tribal population and 500 STs across States / UTs with notified STs.
The main objective of this scheme is to achieve the socio-economic development of selected villages through a convergence approach. The Village Development Plan is based on the needs, potential, and aspirations of the village.
This also includes maximizing the coverage of individual/family benefit schemes of the Central / State Governments and improving the infrastructure in vital sectors like health, education, connectivity, and livelihood.
The scheme’s goal is to mitigate gaps in 8 sectors of development, including Road connectivity (internal and inter-village/block), telecom connectivity (mobile/internet), schools, Anganwadi centers, health sub-centers, drinking water facilities, drainage and solid waste management.
A sum of ₹20.38 lakh per village has been set aside for approved activities, including administrative expenses, under the PMAAGY. Besides States / UTs, the convergence of resources from the Central / State Scheduled Tribe Component (STC) funds and other financial resources available with them is encouraged for saturation of gaps in the villages identified under PMAAGY.
A total of about 16554 villages have been taken up during 2021-22 and 2022-23. 5,200 has been spent.
An amount of Rs. 5,200 has been spent so far. 1927.00 Crore has already been released to the States for Village Development Plans in respect of 6264 villages that have been approved for implementation.
A total of 3764 villages have been identified under PMAAGY in the state of Gujarat. A total of Rs. 1562 villages have been approved for development plans. The State of Gujrat has released 35318.54 lakh under the scheme.