Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF)

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  • December 22, 2021
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Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF)

Part of: Mains GS-II: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes.

Context: Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) was implementing Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) Programme (District component) during the period 2006-07 to 2014-15. 

  • It provided financial resources for supplementing and converging existing developmental inflows into identified districts to bridge critical gaps in local infrastructure and other development requirements. 
  • BRGF Programme has been delinked from the budgetary support of the Central Government since 2015-16 consequent upon the implementation of the recommendations of the Fourteenth Finance Commission.
  • Earlier the share of States in the net proceeds of the Union taxes was significantly enhanced from 32% to 42% that allowed the States with greater autonomy for financing and designing the developmental schemes, especially for the backward regions.

Enters Aspirational Districts Programme

  • Implemented by: NITI Aayog
  • Aim: Rapid transformation of 112 Aspirational Districts which shows relatively less progress in key social and economic indicators such as Health and Nutrition, School Education and Basic Infrastructure, Agriculture etc. 
  • The broad strategy of the Aspirational Districts Programme rests on the 3 Cs 
    • Convergence (between Central and State Schemes)
    • Collaboration (between Centre, State, District Administration, Development Partners and Citizens)
    • Competition (between Districts)
  • Every month, districts are ranked on the basis of progress made on the key performance indicators mentioned above, and this instills them with a sense of competition which results in rapid improvement.

News Source: PIB

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