Revised Rural Area Development Plan Formulation and Implementation (RADPFI) Guidelines

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  • January 21, 2022
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Revised Rural Area Development Plan Formulation and Implementation (RADPFI) Guidelines

Part of: Prelims and Mains GS-2: Devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein

In News: Revised Rural Area Development Plan Formulation and Implementation (RADPFI) Guidelines have been released.

  • Would serve as the basis for rural transformation and enable effective Land use planning in rural areas. 
  • Would supplement the efforts of the Central Government such as the SVAMITVA Scheme of Ministry of Panchayati Raj and RURBAN Mission of Ministry of Rural Development and facilitate better utilisation of Geospatial information.
  • Ensure ease of living in villages and help minimizing migration to big cities by providing all necessary infrastructure and facilities and also resources and opportunities for livelihood in rural area
  • Includes
    • Village Planning Scheme (VPS) on the lines of Town Planning Schemes in urban areas
    • Provisions of linking Gram Panchayat Development Programme (GPDP) with Spatial Land Use Planning, spatial standards for Gram Panchayat development etc. 


  • Although, many spatial development initiatives have been implemented in India especially in urban areas, there has been no comprehensive exercise for rural spatial planning of panchayats/villages. 
  • In recent times, there has been large growth in rural areas but this unplanned growth has led to inefficient utilisation of geospatial potential in rural areas. 
  • Thus, spatial planning specially for the villages located in the vicinity of the urban centres and those, along the major road corridors, becomes necessary, as various permissible and non-permissible land-use activities need to be decided for optimum growth.

Note: The Panchayati Raj system of local self-government was introduced by the 73rd Amendment of the Constitution of India. Part IX was inserted in the Constitution as a sequel to the 73rd Constitutional Amendment in 1993, bestowing the Constitutional mandatory status to the ‘Panchayats’.

News Source: PIB

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