Development of rural areas is a priority of Prime Minister Modi and rightly so. Majority of our population resides in rural areas, and if these areas can be ensured basic necessities then it’ll add tremendously to the country’s GDP and also reduce migration from rural to urban areas. Keeping in view the goal to transform our villages, Prime Minister Modi’s next step is to pump in 900 billion rupees to develop a robust rural road network that will vastly improve connectivity of remote areas.
This road construction plan will be initiated under the program – Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. This program to build all-weather roads in rural areas was started by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2000. It was meant to alleviate poverty from rural areas and was praised for connecting isolated areas helping small businessmen in moving their produce.
From its inception till now, 1.4 trillion rupees have been spent under the program, but this latest push of the Modi government of 900 billion rupees is the biggest single move ever. The cost of construction will be shared in the ratio of 60:40 by the federal and state governments.
The Modi government has incredibly fastened the pace of the program after it slackened to a new low during Congress regime. During 2011-14, roads in rural areas were being constructed at a rate of 73 km per day; now the same is being done at 133 km.
This will have an unprecedented on our economy. The job creation that this will result in will be huge; from input materials to labour for the construction. Also, this will enable businesses in villages to reach towns and cities easily which will both be time and cost effective.
Prime Minister Modi’s brilliantly-implemented schemes in the rural areas have already generated much employment and have raised the standard of living of the poor. This is why the prime minister is getting immense support in almost every local and state poll.