Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission(SPMRM)

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News:The 4th Anniversary of the launch of Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) will be observed on 21st February,2020.

Facts:

About the SPMRM:

  • Launched in 2016 by the Union Ministry of Rural Development.
  • Aim:To stimulate local economic development, enhance basic services, and create well planned Rurban clusters.
  • Under the mission,300 Rurban clusters are envisaged to be developed in a time bound manner.

How will the Rurban Clusters be selected?

  • The State Governments would identify the clusters in accordance with the Framework for Implementation prepared by the Ministry of Rural Development.
  • The clusters will be geographically contiguous Gram Panchayats with a population of about 25000 to 50000 in plain and coastal areas and a population of 5000 to 15000 in desert, hilly or tribal areas.
  • As far as possible, clusters of villages would follow administrative convergence units of Gram Panchayats.

Funding:The mission is a Core Centrally Sponsored Scheme with two fund streams namely:

  • Convergence through various Central sector schemes, centrally sponsored schemes, State sector/ sponsored schemes/ programmes, CSR funds and 
  • Critical Gap Funds(CGF) of upto Rs. 30 crore per cluster for Non-tribal clusters and upto Rs. 15 crore per cluster for Tribal and Hilly State clusters.

Mission Outcomes:

  • To bridge the rural-urban divide-economically, technologically and those related to facilities and services.
  • Spreading development in the region.
  • Attracting investments in the rural areas.
  • Stimulating local economic development with emphasis on reduction of poverty and unemployment in the rural areas.