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04 September, 2013, Jodhpur, Rajasthan INDIA : Village elder, Ashi Devi, 50, at her  mud hut housing of  Boongari Village, District Jodphur and speaking about  how the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana program (PMGSY) has made a difference to their lives in Rajasthan. She is pleased with the changes like easier access to schools  but she would now like electricity and running water to the village. The roads have allowed them to move in medical supplies and increased the village income by more efficiently getting crops to market. It also means the women don't have to hand mill the grain but can transport it to a local mill. PMGSY is a nationwide plan in India to provide good all-weather road connectivity to unconnected villages.<br />
It is under the authority of the Ministry of Rural Development and was begun on 25 December 2000 It is fully funded by the central government and implemented in conjunction with the World Bank<br />
The goal was to provide roads to all villages  with a population of 500 persons and above by 2007, in hill states, tribal and desert area villages with a population of 250 persons and above by 2007. Picture by Graham Crouch/World Bank