||What is an Integrated Cluster Action Plan (ICAP)?
||Integrated Cluster Action Plan (ICAP) shall be a key document covering baseline studies outlining the
requirements of the cluster and the key interventions needed to address these needs and to leverage
The ICAP prepared for the cluster will enunciate: (1) A strategy for the cluster integrating the vision for
each Gram Panchayat, identified in the cluster (2) The desired components for the cluster under the
National Rurban Mission (NRuM) (3) The resources to be converged under various Central Sector,
Centrally Sponsored and State Sector schemes (4) The Critical Gap Funding (CGF) required for the cluster (5) Most importantly, the ICAP would delineate the cluster as a planning area for further
The State Governments shall prepare an Integrated Cluster Action Plan (ICAP) that would lay down the
development aspirations of the cluster in a consultative manner and detail the interventions being
envisaged as a part of SPMRM, the schemes being converged, implementation framework, the
envisaged Mission outcomes in the cluster expected as a result of implementation of SPMRM.
The ICAP will also provide the tentative project cost and the estimated resource plan to meet the
project cost through convergence of various Central Sector, Centrally Sponsored, and State
||Will there be spatial plans prepared for these ICAPs?
||The ICAPs would delineate the cluster areas as well planned layouts following the planning norms (as
laid down in the State Town and Country Planning Acts/similar Central or State statutes as may be
applicable), which would be duly notified by the State/UTs.
While submitting the ICAPs the draft notification for declaration of the cluster as a planning area and
preparation of the Master Plan under the relevant State Act for the cluster shall also be submitted to
||Who will approve the ICAPs
||The ICAPs will be recommended by the State level Empowered Committee (SLEC) and submitted to the
Ministry for approval.
||What is Detailed Project Report (DPR)?
||Detailed Project Report (DPR) contains the detailed design and costing of the project components in
line with the state government norms. DPRs are detailed 'good for execution' documents prepared for
the components proposed to be included by the States as Mission Outcomes for the clusters.
||Who will approve the DPRs?
||The DPRs will be approved by the State Level Empowered Committee constituted in the State, headed
by the Chief Secretary.
||What is CGF application?
||Critical Gap Funding (CGF) application is the submission by the State Government for the CGF estimated
for the Rurban cluster. The CGF application is submitted by the State Nodal Agency (SNA) to the State
Level Empowered Committee (SLEC) for appraisal and approval. The approved CGF application is then
submitted by the SNA to the Ministry for appraisal and taking necessary approvals from the Empowered
||What are State Technical Support Agencies (STSA) and what is their role in the Mission?
||The Mission proposes to provide State Technical Support Agencies (STSAs). Institutions of repute,
empaneled by the Ministry and engaged by the States, to support in selection of clusters, preparation
of ICAPs and spatial plans and to hand hold the States in these processes.
||What will be the implementation framework for the Mission at National level?
||The project is to be implemented in a Mission mode. The NRuM will be run at the Centre, by the National
Mission Directorate headed by the Joint Secretary, in-charge of the National Rurban Mission (NRuM),
Ministry of Rural Development (Ministry). This Mission Directorate would be supported by a National
Mission Management Unit (NMMU).
An Empowered Committed (EC) headed by Secretary, Ministry, will be constituted at Ministry, which
will approve the ICAPs submitted by the States and approve the CGF for the cluster and take other
necessary decisions and steps to ensure coordination with other Central Ministries and State
Governments, to facilitate successful implementation of the Scheme. An Expert Group will be
constituted at Ministry which will comprise representatives of relevant institutions and departments
and eminent persons in the related sectors of the Mission. The mandate of the Expert Group will be to
evaluate the ICAPs before it is sent to the Empowered Committee for final approval. Ministry may also
seek guidance from the Expert Group on matters related to SPMRM from time to time during the
||What will be the implementation framework for the Mission at State level?
||At the State level, Department of Rural Development or an Agency or any Department nominated by
the State Government will be designated as the State Nodal Agency (SNA) for purposes of the National
Rurban Mission (NRuM). The Department /SNA will be supported by a State Project Management Unit
(SPMU) to be set up in the Department/SNA. Preferably, the selected agency should be under the
administrative domain of the State Government's Rural Development and/or Panchayati Raj
Department, as the case may be.
A State Level Empowered Committed (SLEC) headed by the Chief Secretary will recommend/approve
the ICAPs before submission to the Mission Directorate and will also be responsible for other key
decisions for effective coordination and implementation of the scheme.