In its bid to bridge the rural-urban divide, the Union government has approved a proposal to set up around 300 rural clusters through the length and breadth of the nation, under the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission for an outlay of Rs 5142.08 crore.
The objective of this initiative is to spur economic, social and infrastructure development in remote rural areas.
The government said, that a similar mission by the earlier UPA government PURA (Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) failed because only voluntary organisations were involved. Hence this new initiative aims at improving the quality of life of people by involving the government.
Under the new scheme, the state government's 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 regions.