Vilasrao Deshmukh has come a long way from being Babhalgaon Sarpanch to Sarpanch of the country(Implies to being Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj). In his 40 year long political career, he also has twice been the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Development and Progress are the two keywords which encompasses his work style.
His rural background and close affinity to rural setup is proving to be useful for him in managing a very important portfolio like Rural Development, which involves every nook and corner of the country. Rural Development is an important portfolio having budgetary provision of around 90,000 crore rupees. Only Defence Ministry has more budgetary provision than this portfolio.
Vilasrao Deshmukh came to Delhi after being Mah's Chief Minister for two times. After working for party organization for few months he was assigned the responsibility of Heavy Industries Ministry and thereafter Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Ministry. Apart from being studious, he also has tremendous amount of patience and ability to make full use of the opportunity given. He has made a big mark on RDD Ministry in the short span of time that he has been the minister. Hon.PM Manmohan Singh and UPA President Sonia Gandhi has a keen eye on implementation of various schemes and progs coming under rural development ministry as it is an important tool of financial revolution in India. All senior leaders also have a keen eye on Rashtriya Rojgar Hami Yojana which provides employment to crores of Indians.
After coming to power in 2004, UPA has accepted and concentrated hard on its policy of creating local employment opportunities for poor and needy people. After taking over reins of RDD ministry in Jan 2011, Vilasrao Deshmukh has given special attention to this ministry and various programs coming under it.
Various development schemes and programs currently implemented under Union Ministry of Rural Development are as follows:
Mahatma Gandhi Rashtriya Rojgar Hami Yojana(MGNREGA), Bharat Nirman Swarnajayanti Gramin Swayam Rojgar Yojna(SGSY), Pradhanmantri Gram Sadak Yojana(PMGSY), Indira Awaas Yojana(IAY), Rashtriya Samajik Sahayya Yojana(BSAO), Sampurna Swachchata Mohim(TSC), Rashtriya Gramin Peyjal Karyakram(NLRMP), Rashtriya Jamin Dastaeivaj Adhunikikaran Karyakram (NLRMP), Ekatmik Jalkshetra Vyavasthapan Karyakram(IWMP). All the above progs will change the face of rural areas in India. Health, water, electricity, sinchan for farming, etc will now be available in every household. Also entire India and especially rural areas will now be connected through better roads. Since Vilasraoji's political career started from rural levels, through various Panchayats, he is trying hard to implement various progs which will take India to new zeniths of success.
Hon. PM Dr. Manmohan Singh has now decided to make amendments in Land Acquisition Act 1894, which will benefit all farmers in India. He has assigned very important responsibility pertaining to the same on Vilasrao Deshmukh. He now has to balance two very important aspects viz. UPA govt's credibility as well as fulfillment of farmers' expectations. He however has that required experience, ability, and resolve to counter this challenge and he has proved this by tackling RDD ministry in finest possible way over the last few months. It is quite evident that that Hon.PM Manmohan Singh and UPA President Sonia Gandhi has entrusted upon him very important responsibility of changing the face of rural India and making it as progressive as urban India.