After MPs Lose Interest, Govt to Tap India Inc
Rural development ministry to hold 10 regional corp social responsibility meets
New Delhi: With Members of Parliament losing interest in PM Modi’s Adopt a Village scheme, the government is scouting for corporate funding to energise the initiative. The rural development ministry will hold 10 regional corporate social responsibility conclaves, startingwithMumbainextmonth, to make Modi’s initiative a success.
The regional conclaves would help in connecting MPs and district administration with corporate players willing to invest in villages being developed as models under the Sansad Adar s h Gr a m Yojana or Adopt a Village scheme. Theruraldevelopment ministry has identified 340 projects across states in adopted villages that need funding.
The PM had launched the initiative on August 15, 2014, exhorting MPs to adopt a village and convert it into a model village. The flagship schemeenvisageddeveloping2,200 villages into model villages in three phases till 2019. In the first phase, MPs adopted 695 villages. The initiative lost its sheen as MPs complained of shortage of funds. In the second phase, only 51 MPs adopted a village. The MPs had to adopt a village by January 31 and only 43 LS MPs and eight Rajya Sabha MPs did so.
The rural development ministry has been closely studying the projects funded by CSR. A senior official told ET: “We know every CSR proposal requires an approval by the company’s board. It requires a proper procedure, incl udi ng p re s e nt at i o n by a department head. So we have now decided to put up the best proposals in CSR conclaves.” Following the conclave in Mumbai, the government would organise similar conferences in Lucknow, Gujarat, Chandigarh and other regional centres. A senior official told ET, “there are projects which require funding but they are not really covered under any government scheme. This is where corporate sector can step in. So we have identified projects and developed proposals for corporate players.” Opposition MPs have been criticising the scheme saying there are no ear-marked funds under SAGY. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel had recently asked the PM to disband the scheme.
Rural development ministry identifies projects in adopted villages that need funding