ILO / World Bank / Government of India Agreement – Technical Support on Rural Roads Maintenance

The ILO will provide technical assistance for developing and launching innovative and sustainable employment intensive rural roads maintenance systems for the project.

In India, roads have come to occupy a dominant position in the transportation system of the country. Rural roads infrastructure is critical to socio-economic development. The total road network in India today stands at 3.4 million km of which 2.8 million km comprises low volume rural roads. This includes roads constructed and upgraded under the Government of India’s flagship Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) programme. Rural roads comprise over 80 per cent of the road network and their being kept in serviceable condition is crucial to the agricultural growth and livelihood of millions in rural areas including all weather connectivity to social facilities such as schools, health and market centres.

The Government of India (Ministry of Rural Development) has received a Loan of US$ 1.5 billion from the World Bank/International Development Association for the PMGSY Programme to be implemented in seven states (Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttara Khand). The ILO and the National Rural Roads Development Agency (NRRDA), Ministry of Rural Development, recently signed an agreement ( Phase-1 US$ 2.4 million for 2 years to be followed by Phase-2) for provision of technical assistance for developing and launching innovative and sustainable employment intensive rural roads maintenance systems in the above States. In this unique partnership in India, the ILO has been invited by the Ministry of Rural Development and the World Bank to provide technical inputs, based on ILO’s global expertise in the field of development and sustainable maintenance of rural roads.

The ILO’s Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) currently engages in 21 African countries, 8 Asian countries and 11 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean Region. On-going rural infrastructure development programmes have an employment focus targeting the poor strata of the population including features such as good governance, decent work, support to decentralisation and capacity building at all levels. They focus on infrastructure development both productive and social in public investment programmes, an instrument still available to governments. Over the decades, EIIP in collaboration with the private sector and training institutions, has prepared a whole series of tools and training materials to analyse and prioritize investments, to document best practices and particularly to train members of ILO’s traditional constituents (government staff, small and medium-sized contractors communities and workers) involved in decentralisation of government services including provision and maintenance of rural roads.

For further details please contact:

Ms.Anjana Chellani
Programme Officer
ILO, CO New Delhi