New Delhi: The Central government has decided to develop one thousand mahadalit villages spread across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Assam under the Pradhanmantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY).

In a bid to bring an all-round development in these villages and connecting them with the mainstream, a fund of Rs 10 lakh has been earmarked for each village under the scheme.

The 1000 villages identified under the scheme include 225 villages each from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu and the rest 100 villages are in Assam. Only those villages which have 50 percent population of mahadalits have been selected for the scheme.

In Bihar, all the 225 villages are in one single district – Gaya. Most of these villages are naxal-infested and have a sizeable population of mahadalits- the caste group on the development agenda of Nitish Kumar government.
In Rajasthan, 160 villages fall in three blocks of Sri Ganganagar district while the rest 65 villages are in two blocks of Hanuman district.

In Tamil Nadu, 168 villages of Tiruvarur district and 57 villages of koodal district have been chosen for the scheme.
Out of the 100 villages in Assam, 50 villages each from Naogaon and Mariganj districts would benefit from the scheme. In Uttar Pradesh selection of villages is yet to be done.