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Bring urban amenities to rural areas through the Rurban Mission.

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The Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission or the National Rurban  Mission (NRuM) was launched in February 2016 with an aim of creating 300 Rurban clusters.

As on March 2017, 28 States have completed their Integrated Cluster Action Plans and availed the funds, whereas simultaneously under Phase-2, 89 clusters have been identified by 25 States and 5 UTs and approved by the Ministry.

The primary objective of the Mission is to improve quality of life/standard of living in Rurban clusters, to bridge the rural–urban divide and to reduce migration from rural to urban areas and eventually to facilitate reverse migration. This is ensured through scientific plan preparation through well designed modules by the Ministry, which directs the State to choose the investments in their clusters as per the assessed lacunae in the respective clusters in terms of basic, social, economic and digital amenities.

The Scheme was launched in February 2016, and the year-wise fund allocation and fund release from February 2015 to March 2017 onwards is as under:

  • 2015-16: Rs. 32.05 crores released out of budget allocation of Rs. 60 crores;
  • 2016-17: Rs. 599.44 crores released out of budget allocation of Rs. 600 crores;
  • 2017-18: Rs. 1,000 crores have been provisioned for the Mission.
Wednesday 16 September 2015Press Information Bureau

National Rurban Mission

The Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission or the National Rurban Mission (NRuM) launched in February 2016, with an aim of creating 300 Rurban clusters and plugging the gaps in basic, social, economic and digital amenities in these clusters, has been progressing at a fast pace, the highlights of the achievements over the last one year are given below.

  • Plan Preparation and Fund releases:

    • 28 States have completed their Integrated Cluster Action plans and availed funds for Phase-I in 90 clusters.

    • Simultaneously under Phase-II, 89 clusters have been identified by 25 States and 5 UTs have been approved by the Ministry. This was ahead of the targeted milestone for 2016-17.

    • Of the 189 clusters approved under Phase-I and II, 50 clusters are Tribal clusters and of these all 17 Tribal clusters under Phase-I have approved plans.

    • The allocated funds of Rs. 300 crores has been released to the States, and there has been 100% increase in the allocation making the total allocation Rs. 600 crores, against which the expenditure has been 100%.

  • Works on the Ground

    • Under Phase I, the total investment estimated over the next 3 years, in these plans for 90 clusters is Rs. 8,548 crores, and the Critical Gap Funding approved is Rs. 2,502 crores. Rs. 6,277 crores is proposed to be mobilised through various State Government and Central Government schemes.

    • The works proposed under theoretical gap funding (being provided as Central and State share) is focussed largely on saturation of basic and economic activities, which includes, drinking water facilities, village streets with drains, solid and liquid waste management facilities, agri-processing services and employment linked skill development.

    • Works under convergence and part works under the critical gap funding have commenced on the ground for clusters under Phase I. Rs. 2,000 crores worth of investments are ongoing in the 90 clusters in 27 States for which ICAPs have been approved. These are focused on saturation of all universal coverage components such as LPG gas connections, Sanitation, digital amenities etc. to all households

Union Cabinet approves Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission to drive economic, social and infrastructure development in rural areas

In an ambitious bid to transform rural areas to economically, socially and physically sustainable spaces, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today approved the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) with an outlay of Rs. 5,142.08 crores.

The Mission aims at development of rural growth clusters which have latent potential for growth, in all States and UTs, which would trigger overall development in the region. These clusters would be developed by provisioning of economic activities, developing skills and local entrepreneurship and providing infrastructure amenities. The Rurban Mission will thus develop a cluster of Smart Villages.

These clusters would be well delineated areas with planned layouts prepared following the planning norms (as laid down in the State Town and Country Planning Acts/similar Central or State statutes as may be applicable), which would be duly notified by the State/UTs. These plans would be finally integrated with the District Plans/Master Plans as the case may be.

The State Governments would identify the clusters in accordance with the Framework for Implementation prepared by the Ministry of Rural Development. The clusters will be geographically contiguous Gram Panchayats with a population of about 25,000 to 50,000 in plain and coastal areas and a population of 5,000 to 15,000 in desert, hilly or tribal areas. There would be a separate approach for selection of clusters in Tribal and Non-Tribal Districts. As far as practicable, clusters of village would follow administrative convergence units of Gram Panchayats.

For the selection of clusters, the Ministry of Rural Development is adopting a scientific process of cluster selection which involves an objective analysis at the District, Sub District and Village level, of the demography, economy, tourism and pilgrimage significance and transportation corridor impact. While the Ministry, following this analysis, would provide a suggestive list of sub districts to the State, the State Governments would then select the clusters following a set of indicated principles included in the Framework for Implementation.

The mission aims to create 300 such Rurban growth clusters over the next 3 years, across the country. The funding for Rurban Clusters will be through various schemes of the Government converged into the cluster. The SPMRM will provide an additional funding support of upto 30 percent of the project cost per cluster as Critical Gap Funding (CGF) as Central Share to enable development of such Rurban clusters.

To ensure an optimum level of development, 14 components have been suggested as desirable for the cluster, which would include: skill development training linked to economic activities; agro-processing / agri-services / storage and warehousing; digital literacy; sanitation; provision of piped water supply; solid and liquid waste management; village streets and drains; street lights; fully equipped mobile health unit; upgrading school / higher education facilities; inter-village road connectivity; Citizen Service Centres (CSCs) for electronic delivery of citizen centric services / e-gram connectivity; public transport; and LPG gas connections.

The States would prepare Integrated Cluster Action Plans for Rurban Clusters, which would be comprehensive plan documents detailing out the strategy for the cluster, desired outcomes for the cluster under the mission, along with the resources to be converged under various Central Sector, Centrally Sponsored and State Sector schemes, and the Critical Gap Funding (CGF) required for the cluster.

In addition to the Critical Gap Funding, proactive steps have been taken to ensure the success of the mission with adequate budget provisions for supporting the State Government towards project development, capacity building and other institutional arrangements at the state level.

The Mission envisages institutional arrangements both at the State and Center to ensure smooth implementation of the Mission. The Mission also has an Innovation budget towards facilitating research, development and capacity building.

The scheme through development of rurban growth clusters aimed at catalyzing overall regional growth, would thus simultaneously benefit the rural as well as urban areas of the country, by achieving twin objectives of strengthening rural areas and unburdening the urban areas hence leading to balanced regional development and growth of the country.

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