Thursday, July 15, 2010
Flagship welfare programmes review by Govt. of India
The Govt. of India knows very well that the flagship programmes are not yielding the desired results in truly alleviating rural poverty and improving the life of the poorest of the poor. At best the benefits are spotty and hardly commensurate with the investment and efforts in monitoring. The funds are invariably utilised for unproductive purposes and are not genuinely creating assets of long term value to the community. The leakage of funds is said to be high.
On the contrary the flagship programmes are having a negative effect on the economy; agriculture and farm production and other labour intensive works are seriously hampered due to shortage of hands. Instead the Govt. would do well to revise these programmes to generate genuine employment opportunities to increase agriculture and farm production and productivity in labour intensive areas and prevent migration of labour from rural to urban centres.
India to review its flagship programmes
It will take stock of the progress made under different schemes aimed at improving infrastructure at grass root level
New Delhi: The Government of India will review the performance of its flagship programmes to ensure that thousands of crores being pumped into these schemes reach their intended beneficiaries.
The programmes to be reviewed on July 16-17 include Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), Swarna Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), the preparations for BPL Census, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and National Social Assistance Program.
The Ministry of Rural Development is holding a Performance Review Committee meeting to take stock of the progress under its various flagship programs on July 16-17 here.
Mahatma Gandhi NREGA led the way in the financial year 2009-10 with 5.25 crore households being provided employment in the rural areas across the country.
It has generated 282.58 lakh man days of employment in the year 2009-10.The average number of days of employment in the year per household in the year has gone up to 54 days.
The Ministry of Rural Development spent Rs 37938.16 crore on the scheme which amounts to 68 per cent of the expenditure as against the total available funds. Mahatma Gandhi NREGA provides for a legal guarantee of 100 days of work to job seeking adults from rural households doing unskilled manual labour.
This is the first meeting of the Performance Review Committee of the Ministry in the current financial year. The Performance Review Committee Meetings over the years have been an important monitoring tool for the Ministry of Rural Development to take stock of the progress of the various flagship programs running all over the country.