• It is a rural development program that was launched for the development of villages that have a large population of people belonging to scheduled caste, by the central government in 2009-2010.
  • This yojana will be started by the ministry of tribal affairs minister Arjun Munda which will cover 36 thousand villages across the country.
  • The priority will be given to villages with a 50 percent tribal population under the rural development program.
  • Under this yojana roughly, 1700 villages will be converted into model villages in Assam. Along with this around 184 new van Dhan Kendra will be set up in the state.
  • Focused on improving necessities like housing, water supply, electrification, sanitation, rural roads.
  • In 2009-10, this yojana covered a total of 1000 villages including 225 each from Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, and 100 from Assam. All these 1000 villages have been declared as Adarsh Gram by their governments.
  • Then in 2014-15, under PM Adarsh Gram Yojana Phase 1, another 1500 villages were covered from 11 states including 327 from Madhya Pradesh, 260 from Uttar Pradesh, 201 from Karnataka, 175 each from Chhattisgarh and Odisha, 162 from Punjab, 100 from Jharkhand, 75 from Assam, 12 from Haryana, 7 from Andhra Pradesh and 6 from Telangana.
  • Now the center plans to implement the PM Adarsh Gram Yojna in 36000 villages across the country.
  • Under the scheme, for every new village, a total of Rs 21 lakh is assigned, out of which Rs 20 lakh is the gap-filling component and Rs 1 lakh is for administrative expenses.
  • There is also an additional round of funding of Rs 10 lakh per village.

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