On December 25, 2000, the fully centrally sponsored Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana was implemented to ensure rural road connectivity to economic and social services.
Its objectives are:
(1) The main objective of this scheme is to connect the villages with all-weather paved roads.
(2) Under this scheme, the unit is not 'Rehabilitation Village' or 'Panchayat' but 'Habitat', which means such a population group that does not change the place for a long period.
(3) This plan also includes the construction of bridges and small bridges under construction of the paved roads.
(4) Such habitations will be selected for road construction where the population is more than 500. Whereas in the mountainous or tribal-dominated areas, the minimum limit has been fixed for the population of 250.
Thus, this scheme is being operated with the objective of benefiting about 83.3 crore population of the country, which is the rural population of the country.