Narendra Modi. Photo: Bloomberg
Narendra Modi. Photo: Bloomberg

Narendra Modi calls for system to ensure quality in rural roads programme

Rural progress and prosperity at core of government's dream of creating developed India, tweets Narendra Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for putting in place an effective mechanism to ensure stringent quality standards for roads built under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) or the rural roads programme, a government statement said on Tuesday.

Modi also called for monitoring loans being given to self-help groups under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana (DAY) at a meeting called to review progress of rural development schemes.

“The prime minister stressed that quality checks for the roads being constructed should be made at all stages—the material procurement stage, the construction stage, as well as the maintenance stage of the scheme," said a government official who did not want to be named.

In a post on Twitter, Modi said that rural progress and prosperity was at the core of his government’s dream of creating a developed India.

“Yesterday’s (Monday’s) meeting on rural development schemes involved wide-ranging discussions on various schemes for developing our villages.

“Satisfying progress has been made in adding more roads in rural areas. We discussed best practices under PMGSY that are very beneficial," Modi said in his tweet.

He said the meeting also discussed aspects relating to the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana, which seeks to alleviate poverty through sustainable livelihoods.

“The prime minister was given a presentation on the progress of PMGSY and DAY, by the NITI Aayog," the government statement said.

On an average, 91km of rural roads have been built daily in financial year 2015-16, resulting in addition of a total of 30,500km of rural roads, connecting around 6,500 habitations, the statement said.

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