Speed Post News Network

New Delhi :Union Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Minister Giriraj Singh on January 20, 2022, released revised Rural Area Development Plan Formulation and Implementation (RADPFI) Guidelines, He called upon Panchayati Raj Institutions to take the RADPFI Guidelines as a “Sankalp Patra” for vision India 2047. RADPFI Guidelines will help in improving the quality of life in rural areas, the Minister said while releasing the revised Rural Area Development Plan Formulation and Implementation (RADPFI) Guidelines prepared by Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

Giriraj said that all Panchayati Raj Institutions should have a vision for respective Panchayat for the next twenty-five years till India’s centenary of Independence in 2047; should embark on formulating a master plan for all-round development, and should take all possible efforts to boost local infrastructure, other developmental  requirements, employment opportunities, and resource base of Panchayats, according to a PIB release,

Giriraj said that the RADPFI Guidelines released on January 20, 2022, have been prepared keeping in mind the vision to transform rural India, to ensure empowerment of rural India, and promote rural prosperity. Now the Panchayat and all concerned should move forward with a firm determination in the direction for efficient and smooth implementation of the developmental plans at grassroots level.

The Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set the goal in the context of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to take effective steps to realise the dreams of making Panchayats powerful and vibrant institutions. Along with Vision 2047, we also must achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set up by the United Nations and intended to be achieved by the year 2030. The Prime Minister has called for laying the groundwork for new resolutions in the perspective of Panchayats and move forward with new resolutions in a coordinated and holistic manner, Giriraj said.

The Minister said that there is a greater need of “change in approach” and “change in mindset” when we deliberate in totality towards proposing a strategy and plan for development of Panchayats. He requested the States/UTs to take everyone on-board and organise seminars to familiarize all the officers concerned of the Central and State Governments, elected representatives, and functionaries of Panchayati Raj Institutions and other stakeholders so that RADPFI Guidelines are adopted and implemented in right spirit.

The Minister said d that the revised RADPFI guidelines would serve as the basis for rural transformation and enable effective Land use planning in rural areas. He also added that the release of RADPFI guidelines would supplement the efforts of the Central Government such as the SVAMITVA Scheme of Ministry of Panchayati Raj and RURBAN Mission of Ministry of Rural Development and facilitate better utilisation of Geospatial information.

During the event, a brief presentation was made by Prof. N Sridharan, Director, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, in which he highlighted the salient points of revised RADPFI Guidelines and laid down a vision for social upliftment of villages through development of Master Plans for Gram Panchayats.

Although, many spatial development initiatives have been implemented in India especially in urban areas, there has been no comprehensive exercise for rural spatial planning of panchayats/villages.