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Pradhan Mantri Anusuchit Jaati Abhuyday Yojana (PM AJAY)

  • Context (PIB): A total of 1398 villages of all 30 districts of Odisha have been covered under the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY) component of PM-AJAY for the upliftment of the SC community.
  • PM- AJAY is a 100% centrally sponsored scheme.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
  • It has been framed after merging the three schemes, namely:
    1. Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY)
    2. Special Central Assistance to Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCA to SCSP)
    3. Babu Jagjivan Ram Chatrawas Yojana (BJRCY)

Components of PM-AJAY

  • The scheme has three components, which are as under-
    1. Development of SC-dominated villages into an ‘Adarsh Gram’ component.
    2. Grants-in-aid for District/State-level Projects for SCs.
    3. Construction of Hostels in Higher Educational Institutions’component.

Development of SC-dominated villages into an “Adarsh Gram”

  • To ensure the integrated development of SC-majority villages to have adequate infrastructure.

Grants-in-aid for District/State-level Projects

  • Financial support intending to improve the socio-economic conditions of SC communities.
  • Comprehensive Livelihood Projects such as Skill 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 (Top-ranked as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the GOI) and schools, funded by the Centre/State/UT Governments either fully or partially.
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