Silchar: In a significant achievement for Assam, the Cachar district secured the second position in India for the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY).

Launched in 2009-10, the PMAGY is a rural development programme launched by the Centre for the development of villages having a higher ratio (over 50 per cent) of people belonging to the scheduled castes (SC) through the convergence of central and state schemes and allocating financial funding on a per village basis.

The results related to the PMAGY’s implementation were informed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on its website on Friday. Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh bagged the first prize, while southern Assam’s Cachar district bagged the second position.

Sharing her elation, Cachar deputy commissioner Keerthi Jalli said, “It’s a great feeling to hear Cachar securing the second rank in the country in the implementation of PMGAY. This has been possible because of the active and tireless efforts of the administration officials and the PMAGY team.”

She added that they (district administration officials) would strive hard to bring better services to citizens here and congratulated everyone associated with the PMAGY’s work for the huge feat.

Expressing his happiness over the achievement, Silchar BJP MP Rajdeep Roy said, “The award is a result of the hard work and dedication of the administration officials.”

“Villages are the heart of our new India. Hence our beloved Prime Minister Narendra Modiji has given special emphasis on the development of villages. It is a matter of immense pride that Cachar has secured the second position in the implementation of the PMAGY,” Roy said.

The MP congratulated Cachar deputy commissioner Keerthi Jalli and the entire team of the district administration for their outstanding efforts towards the implementation of the central government scheme.

Silchar BJP legislator Dipayan Chakrabarty said the award would an impetus to the administration to work with more vigour for the welfare of the common masses. He lavished praises on the district administration for the splendid achievement and wished Cachar achieves greater heights in terms of growth and prosperity in the future.

Cachar, which is one of the three districts in Barak Valley, had bagged the first position in the implementation of the PMAGY in 2021.

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