''Out of the 108 members, 55 are from West Bengal. None of the MP’s from Delhi have identified any village under the scheme,'' Union Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh was quoted as saying by a private video news agency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the scheme during his Independence Day speech at Red Fort under which MPs were asked to develop one model village each in their constituencies. He had invited all MPs to select a village to develop on a demand-driven, rather than a supply-driven model, with people’s participation.

Stating that the ‘Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ would provide a flexible approach towards development, the Union Minister had expressed hope that the ‘Adarsh grams’ would become places of pilgrimage for people interested in learning about rural development.

While addressing a press conference yesterday, the Union Minister had said no village from Delhi has been adopted under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. The Minister's remarks raised question marks over the announcement of adoption of villages by at least three BJP MPs.
    
However, one of the ruling party MPs Ramesh Bidhuri, who had adopted Bhatti Mines village under the scheme in October last year, expressed surprise at the Minister's remarks saying he has indeed adopted the village and work is already going on there.
    
"No Delhi MP has adopted any village under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana so far. We do not have any such communication to say that any Delhi MP has adopted any village," Singh told reporters at a press conference here after a review meeting of the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
    
Interestingly, BJP MPs Meenakshi Lekhi, Ramesh Bidhuri and Mahesh Giri had adopted one village each – Pilanji, Bhaati Mines and Chilla respectively under the scheme between September and November last year.

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