Pradhan Mantri Anusuchit Jaati Abhuyday Yojana

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The Pradhan Mantri Anusuchit Jaati Abhuyday Yojana (PM- AJAY) has been implemented since 2021-22.

About Pradhan Mantri Anusuchit Jaati Abhuyday Yojana

  • It is a merged scheme of 3 Centrally Sponsored Scheme namely Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY), Special Central Assistance to Scheduled Castes Sub Plan ( SCA to SCSP) and Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana(BJRCY).
  • Aim:
    • To reduce poverty of the SC communities by generation of additional employment opportunities through Skill development, income generating schemes and other initiatives
    • To improve socio-economic developmental indicators by ensuring adequate infrastructure and requisite services in the SC dominated villages.
  • The Scheme has three components:
    • Development of SC dominated villages into an “Adarsh Gram”: The objective of this component is to ensure integrated development of SC majority villages so that, inter alia, there is:, Adequate infrastructure, all requisite infrastructure necessary for socio-economic development needs are to be provided under the Scheme.
    • ‘Grants-in-aid’ for District/State-level Projects for socio-economic betterment of SCs that may include creation of infrastructure in SC dominated villages including those selected under Adarsh Gram component, construction of Hostels/Residential schools.
    • Comprehensive Livelihood Projects which may include components such as Skill development, related infrastructure development, financial assistance towards loans taken by beneficiaries for acquisition/creation of assets required for livelihood generation etc.
    • Construction of Hostels in higher educational institutions which are top-ranked as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of Government of India and are funded by the Centre/State/UT Governments either fully or partially.

Q1) What is Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana?

The Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY) was a government scheme in India aimed at the integrated development of Scheduled Caste (SC) majority villages. The program was launched in 2009 as a sub-scheme under the centrally sponsored scheme of the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF).