Rural Development Vertical of the NITI Aayog provides overall policy guidance to the D/o Rural Development, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in programmes and schemes implemented by them. Vertical also monitors the progress of the various schemes/programmes implemented by the above Ministries and Department.
2. Monthly & Quarterly Dashboard on Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and Quarterly Dashboard on Deendayal Antyodya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM):
To monitor and fast track the progress of housing sector and rural livelihood mission, NITI Aayog has developed Monthly & Quarterly Dashboard on Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and Quarterly Dashboard on Deendayal Antyodya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM). The Vertical also provides monthly inputs to the Prime Minister’s office in respect of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).
3. Support for Developing Water Sources in Arsenic/ Fluoride Affected Areas in the Country:
On the recommendations of NITI Aayog and Ministry of Finance, Government of India released Rs. 1,000 crore, in March, 2016 as one time assistance towards installation of Community Water Purification Plants (CWPPs) in 19 arsenic/ fluoride affected States. Assistance was also provided for surface water projects in Rajasthan and West Bengal for ensuring last mile connectivity in arsenic/fluoride affected villages. Against this, Rs. 475 crore has been utilised as on November, 2017 for covering 2290 arsenic/ fluoride affected habitations. Regular review meetings are being held under the Chairmanship of Member, NITI Aayog to monitor the progress of arsenic/ fluoride affected areas.
4. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA):
A review meeting to discuss the action plans of the Ministries/Departments for implementation of the recommendations of Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan constituted by NITI Aayog was held under the Chairmanship of Member, NITI Aayog in the month of January, 2017. The recommendations of the Sub-Group as approved by the Prime Minister were shared with the concerned Ministries for their implementation. The recommendations in respect of- (i) Swachh Bharat Cess (ii) Revised standard of IS 383:2016 Coarse and Fine Aggregates for Concrete-Specification permitting the use of recycled products of Construction & Demolition waste in Construction industry (iii) Compulsory procurement of 100% power produced from all waste to energy plants and (iv) Market Development Assistance of Rs. 1500 per tonne of city compost have been implemented. (v) A significant improvement in the area of Open Defecation Free (ODF) status has also been achieved. Since October 2, 2014, 5.50 crore household toilets have been constructed. 2.81 lakh villages, 1.22 lakh Gram Panchayats, 240 districts and 6 States and 1 Union Territory has been declared as ODF as of November, 2017. Out of 4471 villages situated on the banks of river Ganga, 4464 villages have been covered with household toilets.
5. Rural Development Vertical provided inputs for the Chapter on ‘Rural Transformation’ for Three Years Action Agenda released by NITI Aayog in August, 2017 covering inter alia convergence between schemes, employment generation, housing, drinking water and sanitation etc. for quick policy changes and its implementation.