||What is the vision statement of SPMRM?
||The vision statement of SPMRM is "Development of a cluster of villages that preserve and nurture the
essence of rural community life with focus on equity and inclusiveness without compromising with the
facilities perceived to be essentially urban in nature, thus creating a cluster of "Rurban villages".
||What is the aim of SPMRM?
||The aim of SPMRM is to create 300 rural growth clusters across the country. In the first phase, 100 clusters
will be taken up, thereafter more clusters will be identified based on the progress of the scheme.
||What are the Mission Outcomes?
||Bridge the rural urban divide- economic, technological and those related to facilities and services.
||Spreading development in the region.
||Attracting investment in the rural areas.
||Stimulating local economic development with emphasis on reduction of poverty and unemployment in
||What is Rurban and what is the justification for the Mission?
||Statistics prove that India is predominantly rural (as per Census of India statistics, the rural population in
India, stands at 833 million, constituting almost 68% of the total population).
Large parts of rural areas in the country are not stand-alone settlements but part of a cluster of
settlements, which are relatively proximate to each other. These clusters typically illustrate potential for
growth, have economic drivers and derive locational and competitive advantages. Hence, making a case
for concerted policy directives for such clusters. These clusters once developed can then be classified as
Hence taking cognizance of this, the Union Cabinet, has approved the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban
Mission (SPMRM), in September 2015, aimed at strengthening rural areas by provisioning of economic,
social and physical infrastructure facilities.
Taking also into view, the advantages of clusters, both from an economic view point as well as to optimize
benefits of infrastructure provision, the Mission aims at development of 300 Rurban clusters, in the next
||What would the Mission be coined as?
||The Mission would be coined as National Rurban Mission (NRuM) hereinafter.