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MP scheme for upliftment of villages has no takers in Karnataka

Running under the banner of “Developed village, Developed Nation, Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojna is redundant in the State.

ThThe conference held in Press Club, Bangalore to boost volunteerism towards Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojna.

Under the scheme, launched by the Prime Minister, each Member of Parliament has to identify and develop a village in their respective constituency using Rs. 5 crore from the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund of the central government.

But the number of villages adopted has been consistently falling since its launch.


At a press conference held by the All India Council for Technical Education
(AICTE), Sanath Kumar, head of the National Service Scheme (NSS) wing of Nagarjuna College for engineering, said, “The scheme calls for volunteers and our students have been doing that. We have tried to co ordinate with the MP in order to invest the money in systematic development activities in the village, but it has not been of much help.”

For the year 2017, only one MP out of 40 members in Karnataka, has identified a village for development in Karnataka.

The picture resonates all over India. Forty two per cent MPs did not adopt any village last year. The number rose to 86 per cent this year.

PC Mohan, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP of North Bangalore, had identified and worked upon Kannur village in 2016. However he has not been able to identify any village in 2017.

"We have a meeting next week where I will be finalizing on a village for this year. Lack of proper coordination with the State Government lead to the delay,” he said.



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