Rural Development Ministry

  • Centre asks states to stress on improving water conservation September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: To mitigate drought-like situation and water scarcity, the Centre on Tuesday directed states that 50 per cent of all works taken up at district level under MNREGA should be for improving water conservation. The decision was taken by Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari in response to widespread criticism...
  • Centre plans to rename Indira Awaas Yojna, Congress upset August 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government's move will upset the Congress as it is likely to rename programme Indira Awaas Yojna (IAY) to National Gramin Awaas Mission, according to a study paper by the Rural Development Ministry. The rural housing programme provides subsidies to the poor to have a house...
  • Rural Ministry suggests industry-friendly changes in Land Act July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Rural Development Ministry has suggested a number of amendments to the Land Acquisition Act which would water down pro-farmer provisions like mandatory consent of at least 70 per cent locals for acquiring land for PPP projects and 80 per cent for acquiring land for private projects. The Land...
  • Managing Rural Development Ministry a difficult task, admits Nitin Gadkari June 19, 2014

    In an exclusive interview to CNBC TV18, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that unlike Ministry of Transport, handling the Ministry of Rural Development is a difficult task for him. Gadkari also said, "The motor vehicle Act is an outdated act and I have already taken a decision. We...
  • NDA to bring broad changes in MNREGA June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The NDA government has decided to bring broad changes in the rural job guarantee scheme launched by UPA by proposing at least Rs 25,000 crore of investment into agriculture alone. The Rural Development Ministry has proposed to bring amendment to the Schedule I of the MNREGA Act "to clearly...
  • Gadkari gets additional charge of Gopinath Munde's ministries June 4, 2014

    New Delhi After the sudden death of the Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a tragic road accident on Tuesday, the President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed that Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping shall be given additional charge...
  • Jairam Ramesh hails Gopinath Munde's decision to give priority to sanitation May 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday welcomed his successor and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde's statement that he would give priority to providing proper sanitation to every household and developing backward districts. The Congress leader, who passionately pushed the issue of sanitation during his stint in the...
  • West Bengal number one in expenditure under 100-day scheme: Mamata April 24, 2014

    Kolkata: Quoting the Union Rural Development Ministry, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that West Bengal had emerged number one in terms of expenditure on employment generation under the 100-days work scheme. "West Bengal is now number one state in the country in terms of expenditure on employment generation under...
  • Rajasthan gets Rs 796 crore from Centre for new roads February 25, 2014

    Union Rural Development Ministry has sanctioned a grant of Rs 796 cr under PMGSY to build 864 new roads in 16 districts in Rajasthan. The state government would build 864 roads covering 2,617 km, an official release said in Jaipur on Tuesday. Altogether 874 villages and Dhani (hutment) having population of 250...
  • Arunachal Pradesh: Rural Development Ministry releases Rs 62 crore for implementation of MGNREGA scheme September 12, 2013

    Union Rural Development Ministry has released Rs 62 crore to Arunachal Pradesh for implementation of the MGNREGA scheme in the state, officials said in Itanagar on Thursday. Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh informed this to state Chief Minister Nabam Tuki during a meeting at New Delhi on Wednesday. Ramesh and...
  • Amendments to Registration Act to help land owners August 9, 2013

    New Delhi: A bill to amend the century old Registration Act, introduced in the Rajya Sabha, will help in implementation of the proposed Land Acquisition legislation and allow land owners to get market value for their land. According to Rural Development Ministry officials, certain proposed amendments in the Registration (Amendment)...
  • Govt clears Rural Min's proposal to amend Registration Act June 4, 2013

    New Delhi: In a move that would benefit land owners, the Union Cabinet on Tuesday cleared the Rural Development Ministry's proposal to amend the century-old Registration Act to ensure greater accuracy in calculating land values. The amendment has been brought to the Registration Act, 1908 to "update and record" the...
  • Need to review subsidies enjoyed by better-off sections of society, including the middle class: Jairam Ramesh March 3, 2013

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Rural Development was allocated just Rs 5000 crore, more than the Rs 74,000 crore in 2012. However, the big story in the Rural Development Ministry is the inability to spend the allocated amount. Expressing unhappiness over it, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said, "I accept...
  • Ministers' group likely to discuss land acquisition bill October 8, 2012

    New Delhi: The second meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on the controversial land acquisition bill will be held on Monday. The 14-member GoM, headed by agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, was formed last month after some ministers had voiced reservations against certain provisions of the Bill. The GoM is likely to...
  • Indian Railway world's biggest open toilet: Ramesh October 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has called the railway the world's biggest open toilet. He was making a pitch for greater funding for bio-toilets. "We are the world's capital for open defacations. 60 per cent of all open defacations in the world are in India. This is a matter...
  • Land Bill: Jairam Ramesh defends role for govt July 19, 2012

    Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has defended his decision to retain a role for the government in land acquisition for Public Private Partnerships. "If you are going to leave everything to private purchase it is the small land owner and livelihood losers who are going to be badly affected,"...
  • Smart toilets, Gates open May 30, 2012

    New Delhi: First it was Vidya Balan and now it is Bill Gates who has come forward to extend support to Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh's sanitation drive. Gates, who has supported India's battle against polio, will now help alter behavioural patterns connected with sanitation. Talking to reporters after the meeting,...
  • 'Land Acquisition Bill not passed due to flaws' January 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi may be keen on finalising the Land Acquisition Bill before the UP Assembly polls, but the government failed to get it passed in the winter session due to "several flaws" in the proposed legislation prepared by Rural Development Ministry in a "hurried fashion". A delayed Standing Committee...
  • Govt to develop playgrounds in Naxal-hit areas November 5, 2011

    New Delhi: Taking Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh's 'rural development programmes can defeat Naxalism' theory to the next level, the ministry has decided to develop village playgrounds in the 'Naxal-hit districts' in the country to 'save the kids from the clutches of the Naxalites'. Jairam had earlier said, 'If the rural...
  • Jairam's priority: Development in Naxal-hit zones July 25, 2011

    New Delhi: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh is now planning to relax norms with just 30 to 50 per cent of development projects underway in Naxal-hit zones, but the question is as to how will government officers access these conflict zones? The Rural Development Ministry under Jairam Ramesh is moving...
  • Jairam's portfolio a punishment or a reward? July 13, 2011

    New Delhi: Former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh moved to Rural Development in Tuesday's Cabinet Reshuffle, and Jayanthi Natarajan replaced him as the Environment Minister. While many in the political circle have seen this as a result of Jairam's obstructionist policies, others believe that it is a step up for the...
  • Rural scheme gets its first steps right February 9, 2007

    New Delhi/Jaipur: It has been eight months since the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), the UPA Government’s flagship programme, was launched. As of now, only 32 per cent of the available Rs 8,000 crore has been spent and now the Centre wants individual budget from the states to cut...