Cabinet approves scheme to help rural India achieve UN SDGs

English News 13 Apr 2022 12

The scheme worth ₹5,911 crore is aimed at empowering 2,78,000 Panchayati Raj institutions, or elected rural local governments, to implement a set of social goals which the UN has deemed necessary for sustainable development...

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an extension to the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA), a centrally-sponsored scheme to help rural India achieve key targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015, are a set of 17 targets which require “urgent call for action by all member countries”. The first goal is to end poverty in all its forms by 2030.

The scheme worth 5,911 crore is aimed at empowering 2,78,000 Panchayati Raj institutions, or elected rural local governments, to implement a set of social goals which the UN has deemed necessary for sustainable development.

The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the revamped RGSA to be executed from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2026. It will focus on developing “governance capabilities” of Panchayati Raj institutions.

According to the Centre for Science and Environment’s “State of India’s Environment Report, 2022” released last month, India slipped three spots from last year’s 117 to rank 120 on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted as a part of the 2030 agenda by 192 United Nations member states in 2015.

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