Commissioner, PR&RD, Vijayawada has stated that the Government of India has launched National Rurban Mission (NRuM), aimed at developing rural areas by provisioning of economic, social and physical infrastructure facilities. The vision of NRuM is to “Develop a cluster of villages that preserve and nurture the essence of rural community life with focus on equity and inclusiveness without compromising with the facilities perceived to be essentially urban in nature, thus creating a cluster of Rurban villages”.
The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India have approved the following 13 clusters (12 Non-Tribal & 01 Tribal) to the State of Andhra Pradesh in three phases :
Phase I (2015-16):
|Name of the Cluster||Name of the
|1||Kambadur||Anantapur||Non – Tribal|
|3||Singarayakonda||Prakasam||Non – Tribal|
|4||Venkatachalam||SPSR Nellore||Non -Tribal|
Phase II (2016-17):
|Name of the Cluster||Name of the
|1||Alur||Kurnool||Non – Tribal|
|2||Nandalur||YSR Kadapa||Non – Tribal|
|3||Garividi||Vizianagaram||Non – Tribal|
|4||Sompet||Srikakulam||Non – Tribal|
|5||Nuzendla||Guntur||Non – Tribal|
|6||Chanderlapadu||Krishna||Non – Tribal|
Phase III (2017-18):
|Name of the Cluster||Name of the District||Category|
|1||Rampachodavaram||East Godavari||Non – Tribal|
|2||Eluru||West Godavari||Non – Tribal|
Government have issued guidelines on Critical Gap Fund (CGF) detailing the process of dovetailing of funds through scheme convergence and Strategic Plan for achieving Rs.70.00Cr. or 70% of the Total Project Cost (Resource Pool) per each Rurban Cluster, tie up of CGF and execution of works utilising the Critical Gap Fund (CGF) as per the approved DPRs of the respective Rurban clusters vide reference 1st read above.
Due to shortfall in the material, component fund/convergence fund progress in certain activities viz., i). Provision of piped water supply to all the Households in the cluster, ii). UGD in the HQ Gram Panchayat of the Rurban Cluster, iii). Internal CC Roads cum drains & Approach roads and iv). Skill development trainings linked to economic activities etc., has been very slow due to shortfall in the material component fund / convergence fund.
The Commissioner, Panchayat Raj has therefore requested to issue guidelines on dovetailing funds from various existing Centrally sponsored schemes/state schemes and provisioning the tie up of Critical Gap Fund (CGF).
Government after careful examination in the matter, hereby issue orders for prioritising the following activities to be taken up on saturation basis in all the Rurban Clusters in the state. The District Collectors shall give priority in terms of allocation of the existing Centrally sponsored/State/line department scheme funds to the Rurban Clusters wherever possible for gaining maximum funds through convergence for completion of the project components and wherever there is a short fall in the material component fund/convergence fund, Critical Gap Fund(CGF) available with the respective Rurban Clusters can be tied up for speedy execution of works as enclosed at Annexure. This provision is not applicable to the works which have already been approved and sanctioned by the District Collectors.
Priortised Project Components under Rurban Mission :
- Provision of piped water supply to all the Households in the Gram Panchayat
- UGD in the HQ Gram Panchayat of the Rurban Cluster
- Road Connectivity
- Internal CC Roads cum drains
- Approach roads
- Skill development trainings linked to economic activities
- Solid Waste management in all the Rurban cluster Gram Panchayats
- Declaration as 100% ODF Cluster
- Village infrastructure – GP Buildings, Anganwadi buildings, Play grounds, burial grounds, Digital library, Village hats
- LED Retrofitting in all the cluster Gram Panchayats.
All the District Collectors of the state shall earmark atleast Rs. 5-10 Crores per annum of the Special Development Funds at least for a period of 3 years to the approved Rurban Clusters of their districts to ensure maximum fund convergence which can be ranked at the national level. National Rurban Mission is a novel scheme which aims at development of rural areas into Rurban Clusters with improved facilities and amenities which are urban in nature without disturbing its rural essence. Rurban interventions with focussed approach and systematic and intelligent convergence with existing schemes, each of the Rurban Cluster shall become “Beacon Rurban Cluster” and shall stand as Model for development on same lines by all the other mandals in the district.
The Commissioner, Panchayat Raj & Rural Development, shall take necessary action in the matter accordingly.