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Bihar bags award for rural roads, Odisha shines in housing

As many as 144 Awards were given for various programmes in rural development. States, institutions and government functionaries were awarded for their commendable work under different schemes

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The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India today awarded institutions and government functionaries for their commendable work under different schemes in rural development. As many as 144 Awards were given by the Ministry and Bihar bagged the Award for constructing highest length of rural roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). In the rural housing category, another eastern state, Odisha bagged 5 of the 9 awards for constructing largest number of houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Gramin (PMAY-G).

Haryana, Gujarat and Karnataka received a special prize for completing more than 95 percent of PMGSY targets under Phase I and II. Under PMAY-G, Awards were given to the states which performed well on different parameters, Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee which provided technical vetting of housing typologies, National Informatics Centre (NIC) team of the Department of Rural Development for technical support and Dr. Prabir Kumar Das, advisor to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for significant contribution in the use of innovative technologies.

Awards on sustainable livelihood, transparency and accountability, Aadhaar seeding and Geo-MGNREGA were given under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). States, institutions and government functionaries, who have done commendable work under different schemes were awarded in the function.

Awards were given to National Resource Organisations, State Rural Livelihood Missions, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of India, Allahabad Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, UCO Bank, Central Bank of India and ICICI Bank in various categories. The States which were conferred awards were Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Karnataka and West Bengal under different categories.

A citizen centric mobile application ‘Jan-MGNREGA’ on rural job scheme, capable of providing information on different aspects of the programme was launched by the Minister for Rural Development, Narendra Singh Tomar during the award function.

Congratulating the award winners, Tomar highlighted the use of information technology and space technology in programme monitoring and in obtaining citizens’ feedback through mobile applications.

Minister of State for Rural Development, Ram Kripal Yadav, complimented the award winners and highlighted the role of institutional partnerships in successful implementation of rural development programmes.

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