Shillong, Sept, 21: The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India presented East Khasi Hills District with the prestigious National Award, 2018 for Best Performance in Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (14th April to 5thMay,2018) from among North Eastern Region & Himalayan States. This was informed by the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District.
The Gram Swaraj Abhiyan is a Special Campaign initiated by the Government of India to ensure complete saturation of 7 (Seven) Flagship Programmes of various Ministries of Government to all beneficiaries up to the grass-root level. These included Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (LPG connections for eligible families), Ujala Scheme (Unnat Jyoti by affordable LEDs Bulbs for all), Saubhagya (Pradhan Mantri SahajBijli Har Ghar Yojana), Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Mission Indradhanush (Immunization of Children under 2 years and all pregnant women), Swachh Bharat (Village Cleanliness Drive).
A Total of 283 (Two Hundred and Eighty Three) villages from the District were selected to participate in the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan while seven Government and Non – Government Departments/ Agencies collaborated with the District Administration to conduct this Programme.
The Official Team appointed by the Government of India to observe, assess and report back on the activities being carried out under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan recommended East Khasi Hills District as a recipient for the National Award.