Punjab Budget 2017-18: Rural Development. State Government is committed to the all round development of rural habitats through the provisioning of basic amenities and creation of Rural Employment opportunities. An amount of `686.83 crore has been earmarked for “Rural Development and Panchayats” for the year 2017-18.
The State Government is successfully implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) in all the Districts and an amount of `313.23 crore has been provided for the financial year 2017-18 under MGNREGA.An amount of `208.33 crore has been earmarked for the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana scheme in year 2017-18. A budgetary allocation of `19.75 crore has been provided for 2017-18 for the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission. Under the “National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM)”, an amount of `9.55 crore has been provided for 2017-18.
The main objective of “Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana” is to conserve and develop natural resources of the land like soil, water, vegetation and its proper utilization for crop production and to enhance livelihood opportunities of landless community at village level.An amount of `52.74 crore is provided for the year 2017-18 to treat 74600 hectare land.
Some of the other allocations in Rural Development for 2017-18 are as follows:
9.19 crore: Construction of cremation grounds in villages.
28.15 crore: Construction of toilets in the rural areas.
10.84 crore: For basic amenities / purchase of land for burial ground / grave
yard for Christian and Muslim communities.
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