GS Paper - 2 (Infrastructure)

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the continuation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana-I and II for completion of balance road and bridge works up to September 2022 and continuation of road connectivity project for left wing extremism affected areas (RCPLWEA) upto March, 2023.

What

  1. The move is expected to enable completion of works in the north-east and hilly area, which are often stalled because of unfavorable weather conditions and Covid-induced lockdown.
  2. This includes construction of 32,152 km of roads in far-flung areas of the country at a cost of Rs 33,822 crore.
  3. The areas hit by Left-Wing Extremism and the tribal areas are going to be benefitted from this.
  4. Majority of pending works under PMGSY-I and II are in the North-East and Hill States due to factors such as COVID lockdown, extended rains, winters, forest issues.
  5. The road connectivity project of left wing extremism affected areas (RCPLWEA, which was started in 2016 to improve connectivity in 44 LWE affected districts in 9 states, is being extended upto March, 2023 for completion of these projects which are very critical from communication and security point of view.
  6. According to the government, various independent impact evaluation studies carried out on PMGSY have concluded that the scheme has had a positive impact on agriculture, health, education, urbanization and employment generation, etc.