RURAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Birender Singh takes charge as Rural Development Minister November 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Rural Development Minister Birender Singh on Tuesday assumed office and indicated that the rural employment guarantee act would continue in the entire country and not just in some districts. A former Congressman, Birender Singh said there was no doubt that the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act...
  • MGNREGA scheme improved status of women: Study October 23, 2014

    Kerala: Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme had helped women improve their social and economic status, according to a study by a university. The study by the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) showed that 97.3% of workers under the scheme are women. Conducted as part of a project...
  • Central skills scheme to be renamed after Deendayal Upadhyaya September 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The government will rename an existing skill development programme under the Rural Development Ministry as a tribute to Bharatiya Jana Sangha ideologue and BJP icon Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. Sources said that the government will launch the Deendayal Skill Development Programme -- a new version of the Aajeevika Skills scheme...
  • IITs, others to develop technologies for rural development September 12, 2014

    New Delhi: A network of IITs and other institutes will evolve appropriate technologies for rural development under the 'Unnat Bharat Abhiyan' scheme, it was announced on Thursday. The venture is coordinated by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi and will be launched as a "network of IITs and other professional...
  • Centre asks states to stress on improving water conservation September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: To mitigate droughtlike 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 industryfriendly 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 profarmer 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...
  • Union Minister Gopinath Munde cremated at his native village June 4, 2014

    Beed: Union Minister Gopinath Munde who died in a road accident was cremated at his native village Parli, Maharashtra on Wednesday amidst chanting by hundreds of his supporters. The mortal remains of Munde were consigned to flames by his eldest daughter and BJP MLA Pankaja. A sea of humanity converged at his...
  • Number 3 ominous for MundeMahajan family? June 3, 2014

    By a tragic coincidence, the number 3 appears ominous for the MundeMahajan family. With the untimely demise of Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a car accident in New Delhi on Tuesday, three of the family members and one close aide of the two BJP leaders have met tragic...
  • RIP Gopinath Munde (19492014): Some photos from his life as a beloved mass leader and popular politician June 3, 2014

    Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde died on Tuesday after a headon road collision in New Delhi, depriving Prime Minister Narendra Modi of a senior ally just eight days after he took office. Munde was injured while driving to the capital's airport and died later in hospital.Munde, 64, was deputy chief...
  • 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...
  • US university honours IIT graduate for his work in rural development May 6, 2014

    Bangalore: Anil Rajvanshi, a renewable energy pioneer of India, on Saturday was honoured by the University of Florida, one of the leading universities in the US, for his "groundbreaking" work in rural development. Rajvanshi is the first Indian to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honour the University of Florida...
  • 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...
  • BJP has become a one-man-centric party: Jairam Ramesh April 5, 2014

    Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday accused the BJP of becoming a one-man-centric party and claimed that the Congress alone could do justice to all sections of society. Ramesh also noted while addressing a poll meeting that the BJP was yet to announce its manifesto, which is a “matter...
  • Sir Ratan Tata Trust inks 10-year pact with Uttarakhand government March 7, 2014

    Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) has inked a 10-year pact with the Uttarakhand government to commence the second phase of Himmotthan project, which aims to empower the residents of the state. In 2004, SRTT had signed a 10-year agreement with the Uttarakhand government for the first phase of the project. Citing the example of Himachal Pradesh,...
  • 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...
  • Vasundhara Raje stresses on improvement of schemes January 4, 2014

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday directed officials to prepare a roadmap for an integral development of villages of the state. Chairing a meeting of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj department, she asked officials to work on a fivepoint special action plan to improve road networks, water drainage and drinking...
  • State government decides to regulate sand prices January 3, 2014

    In an effort to curb the hoarding of sand and contain its escalating market rates, Chhattisgarh Government has decided to ensure its supply at a "fair price" to people and construction sites in the State. "Complying with the order of Chief Minister Raman Singh, the state administration is all set to...
  • New Land Acquisition Act not antiindustry: Jairam Ramesh September 29, 2013

    Mumbai:Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh on Sunday allayed fears of Indian industry and said the new Land Acquisition Act would make projects economically viable. Terming the new act "historic", Ramesh said it was "humane, its thrust is on rehabilitation and resettlement and in the national interest, as it promotes...
  • Modi single-handedly responsible for derailing the GST: Jairam Ramesh September 18, 2013

    Rural development Minister Jairam Ramesh slammed the BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi and blamed him for single-handedly derailing the Goods and Services Tax (GST). "I asked him when I went to Ahmedabad, what he has against the GST. He had no answer to give me, other than maybe the 'not...
  • 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...
  • SC notice on integrated action plan to counter Maoists September 9, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday issued notice to the central and nine state governments on a PIL seeking the effective implementation of the integrated action plan to tackle the Maoist menace. A bench of Chief Justice P.Sathasivam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai issued notice on a PIL by Kishore Samrite, who...
  • Jairam Ramesh blames 'forcible acquisition' by PSUs for Naxal problem September 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Coming down heavily on PSUs for displacing tribals, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday blamed their actions for growth of Naxalism in many areas and cautioned that the era of "forcible acquisition" was now over. The Union Rural Development Minister said if the new Land Acquisition Act is implemented...
  • 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)...
  • UPA woos Nitish as Modi attacks him for breaking alliance with BJP July 7, 2013

    Patna: In its bid to reach out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Union Rural Development Ministry has approved Rs 4,000 crore for the construction of 5,700 km of rural roads, highest allotment for the state in the past 12 years. "I'm happy that today I'll inform Bihar Chief Minister...
  • 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 centuryold 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...
  • Punjab govt signs MoU for development of rural students May 25, 2013

    Muktsar: To ensure all round development of rural students studying in government schools in Punjab, the state government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NGO International Award for Young People. The MoU was signed by DPI (schools) Kamal Kumar Garg and Bivujit Mukhoty, representative of the NGO,...