Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA)

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    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the continuation of the revamped RGSA from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2026 to develop governance capabilities of panchayati raj institutions (PRIs).

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    • Under the revamped RGSA, the focus will shift towardscapacitating” the elected representatives of PRIs for leadership roles to develop an effective third tier of government.
    • The total financial outlay of the scheme is Rs 5,911 crore with the central share of Rs 3,700 crore and that of the states Rs 2,211 crore
    • The approved scheme of RGSA will help more than 2.78 lakh rural local bodies including traditional bodies across the country to develop governance capabilities to deliver on SDGs through inclusive local governance with focus on optimum utilisation of available resources.
    • The initiative is expected to enable them to deliver on localization of SDGs (sustainable development goals) for nine themes, – poverty free and enhanced livelihood in villages; healthy village, child-friendly village, water sufficient village; clean and green village; self-sufficient infrastructure in village, socially secured village; village with good governance; and engendered development in village.
    • The revamped RGSA will help improve Panchayati Raj Institutions and ensure development in villages.
    •  It will help bridge the gap between the rural and urban areas and strengthen Panchayati Raj Institutions across the country

    About Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA)

    • RGSA is proposed to be implemented as a core Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for four years viz., from 2018-19 to 2021-22 with State and Central shares.
    • The sharing ratio for the State components will be in the ratio of 60:40 except NE and Hilly States, where the Central and State Ratio will be 90:10.
      • For all UTs, the Central share will be 100%.
    • The main central components of the scheme included incentivisation of panchayats and mission mode projects on e-Panchayat including other activities at central level.
    •  RGSA enables Panchayats to function effectively to achieve SDGs and other development objectives that require significant Capacity building efforts.

    Source:TH