Presenting the Union Budget 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha today, Union Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman said, “It’s important to upgrade rural rods, connecting villages and rural markets. For this, third phase of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY-III) envisages to upgrade 125,000 km of rural roads in the next five years, with an estimated cost of Rs. 80,250 crore”.
She said that to accelerate the speed of achieving universal connectivity of eligible habitations, the completion target was advanced from 2022 to 2019 and it is heartening to note that all weather connectivity has now been provided to over 97 percent of such habitations. She added that committed to the agenda of sustainable development, 20,000 km of PMGSY roads have been built using green technology, waste plastic and cold mix technology, thereby reducing carbon footprint.
Speaking on rural housing, she said, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G) aims to achieve the objective of “Housing for All” by 2020. A total of 1.54 crore rural homes have been completed in the last five years and in the second phase of PMAY-G, from 2019-22, 1.95 crore houses are proposed to be provided to the eligible beneficiaries. The houses will be provided with amenities like toilets, electricity and LPG connections.
Speaking about the Ujjwala and Saubhagya Yojana, the Finance Minister said that they have transformed the lives of every rural family and by 2022, the 75th year of India’s independence, every single rural family will have electricity and a clean cooking facility. Household access to clean cooking gas has seen an unprecedented expansion, through provision of more than seven crore LPG connections. All villages, and almost 100 percent households across the country have been provided with electricity. Sitharaman assured the nation that every single rural family, except those who are unwilling to take the connection will have an electricity and a clean cooking facility.