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ANSWERED ON:  25.02.2016
Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission
Will the Minister of

RURAL DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-

(a) the objectives and salient features of the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM);

(b) whether the Government proposes to develop 300 clusters of smart villages under this scheme to bridge the rural urban divide and check migration, if so, the details thereof along with the number of centres likely to be opened in the near future, State/UT-wise;

(c) whether the Government proposes to allot one SPMRM unit to each Parliamentary Constituency under the mentorship of the respective public representative, if so, the details thereof;

(d) the funds allocated, sanctioned and utilised for implementation of the mission during the last one year and the current year along with the funds sharing pattern evolved between the Union Government and the State/UT-wise including Maharashtra; and

(e) the time by which the smart village scheme is likely to be implemented in all the States?


(a) to (e): A statement is laid on the Table of the House.

Statement referred to in reply to Lok Sabha Starred Question No.23 for reply on 25.02.2016

(a) to (b): The Government proposes to develop rural clusters in the country under Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM). The Mission aims at development of 300 clusters in all States and UTs. These clusters would be developed by provisioning of economic activities, developing skills & local entrepreneurship and providing infrastructure amenities The Rurban Mission will thus develop a cluster of Smart Villages.

Under the SPMRM, the State Governments shall identify existing Centrally Sponsored, Central Sector or State Government schemes relevant for the development of the cluster and converge their implementation in an integrated and time bound manner. Fourteen components have been suggested as desirable for inclusion in the development of Rurban Cluster.

i. Piped water supply

ii. Agro Processing, Agri Services, Storage and Warehousing.

iii. Sanitation

iv. Solid and liquid waste management

v. Village streets and drains

vi. Street lights

vii. Health care connectivity

viii. Upgrading school education facilities

ix. Skill development training linked to economic activities

x. Inter-village road connectivity

xi. Citizen Service Centres- for electronic delivery of citizen centric services/e-gram connectivity

xii. Public transport

xiii. LPG Gas Connections

xiv. Full Digital Literacy

Further the State Government may at its own discretion additionally converge any other State or Central Government scheme not falling under the above components. These could be finalized after due consultation with the Gram Panchayats and should aim at addressing the unique needs of the ‘Rurban Cluster’ and enable it to leverage its full economic potential. In the first phase 100 Clusters are proposed to be taken up. The list of State-wise allocation of clusters is at Annexure-I

(c): There is no proposal to allot one SPMRM Cluster to each Parliamentary Constituency under the mentorship of the respective public representative.

(d) and (e): The Scheme has been approved in September,2015. An outlay of Rs 5142.08 crore has been provided for the scheme for the period 2015-16 to 2019-20.

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