Government is committed to complete road projects identified under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) by 2019, Minister of State for Rural Development, Ram Kirpal Yadav informed Rajya Sabha. Mr. Yadav referred to Bihar and said it had made comparatively less progress under PMGSY and added that the pace at which work should have been carried out by the state government was not maintained. Yadav also said that paucity of funds was not a reason for the slow progress made till now. Minister of Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar also shared details relating to Bihar as per which in the last four years, 6,301 road works were sanctioned for the state by the ministry. Of these, 2,942 road works have been completed and 3,359 road works measuring 6917.517 kms are under consideration. The states are responsible for tendering, awarding and executing road projects under PMGSY, Tomar said. In reply to another question on allocation fund for cleanliness campaign, Tomar who also holds the charge of Drinking Water and Sanitation, said the criterion adopted for allocation of funds to various states for ‘Swacch Bharat’ campaign was based on the population and number of families in the state.
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