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Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

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Introduction
Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) was launched on 11th October 2014 with the aim to translate the comprehensive vision of Mahatma Gandhi about an ideal Indian village into reality, keeping in view the present context. Under SAGY, each Member of Parliament adopts a Gram Panchayat and guides its holistic progress giving importance to social development at par with infrastructure. The 'Adarsh Grams' are to become schools of local development and governance, inspiring other Gram Panchayats. By involving villagers and leveraging scientific tools, a village development plan is prepared under the leadership of a Member of Parliament. The distinct feature of this Yojana is that it is: Demand Driven, Inspired by Society, and Based on People's Participation.

Objectives
To trigger processes that lead to the holistic development of the identified Gram Panchayats
To substantially improve the standard of living and quality of life of all sections of the population through -
Improved basic amenities, Higher productivity, Enhanced human development, Better livelihood opportunity, Reduced disparities, Access to rights and entitlements, Wider social mobilization, Enriched social capital
To generate models of local level development and effective local government which can motivate and inspire neighboring, Gram Panchayats to learn and adapt.
To nurture the identified Adarsh Grams as schools of local development to train other gram panchayats

Values
Far beyond mere infrastructure development, SAGY aims at instilling specific values in the villages and their people so that they get transformed into models for others. These values include:
1. Adopting people’s participation as an end in itself – ensuring the involvement of all sections of society in all aspects related to the life of the village, especially in decision-making related to governance
2. Adhering to Antyodaya – enabling the “poorest and the weakest person” in the village to achieve well-being
3. Affirming gender equality and ensuring respect for women
4. Guaranteeing social justice
5. Installing dignity of labor and the spirit of community service and voluntarism
6. Promoting a culture of cleanliness
7. Living in consonance with nature – ensuring a balance between development and ecology
8. Preserving and promoting local cultural heritage
9. Inculcatng mutual cooperation, self-help, and self-reliance
10. Fostering peace and harmony in the village community
11. Bringing about transparency, accountability, and probity in public life
12. Nurturing local self-governance
13. Adhering to the values enshrined in the Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties of the Indian Constitution
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