What is 'Rurban Mission' ?
- It is the latest social sector programme: to bridge the gap
between the cities and the villages on infrastructure.
- The 'Rurban Mission' is
the brain child of The Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban (rural-urban) mission.
- It was announced last year to replace the UPA government’s
PURA (provision of urban amenities in rural areas) initiative.
- The programme, lifted straight out of Gujarat.
- It will focus on creating community assets and improving
basic infrastructure such as roads, shelter, power and drinking water in rural
- The scheme will spend more than `500 crore in the current
- Last month, the PM launched two insurance schemes and a
pension scheme, primarily aimed at the workers in the vast unorganised sector.
- The original Rurban programme was launched in Gujarat in
2012 during Modi’s tenure as chief minister.
- Now, the formation of a dedicated institutional set-up in
the form of Rurban Cell under panchayat/rural development department.
- At the micro level, the scheme will ensure building of
internal roads, sewerage and drainage infrastructure.
- For larger infrastructure, like quality schools and
colleges, health centres, etc, the government will adopt a cluster development
- Skill development will be a core area of the Rurban mission.