The centrally sponsored scheme of Integrated Development of Small and Medium Towns (IDSMT) was initiated in the 6th plan (1979-80) and has continued in the 7th and 8th plans. Its main objective has been to slow down migration from rural areas and smaller towns to large cities by the development of selected small and medium towns, which are capable of generating economic growth and employment. Generally migration takes place from villages and towns to cities in search of employment and income opportunities. Poverty-push and Prosperity - pull factors coupled which the expectations that cities offer diverse opportunities for jobs and better living conditions are primarily responsible for this. In addition, there are prosperity-push conditions, leading to surplus labour due to modernisation of agricultural practices. The National Commission on Urbanisation has documented evidence in support of Prosperity-push. Poverty-push and Prosperity-pull types of migration in various parts of the country. The IDMST Scheme, by strengthening small and medium towns are regional growth centers aims at reducing migration to large and metropolitan cities. Through the establishment of complementary linkages between villages towns and cities, it envisages a harmonious pattern of settlements.
Total Project Cost (in lakhs)
Eligible Amount (in lakhs)
145 Lakhs thru;. Fin. Agencies
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