Govt approves integrated plan for 60 backward districts

Govt approves integrated plan for 60 backward districts

"The government has approved IAP for 60 selected tribal and backward districts for development of public infrastructure," an official statement said.

It said that the scheme would be an additional central assistance (ACA) on a 100 per cent grant basis.

To begin with, IAP is proposed to be implemented with a block grant of Rs 25 crore and Rs 30 crore per district during 2010-11 and 2011-12, respectively.

Under the IAP, 15 districts would be covered in Orissa, followed by 14 tribal districts in Jharkhand and 10 districts of Chhattisgarh.

Besides, the scheme would also cover eight districts of Madhya Pradesh and seven in Bihar. Two districts each in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra will be covered under the scheme, whereas one district each of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal would be covered.

Under the IAP, the funds will be placed at the disposal of the committee headed by the District Collector and consisting of the Superintendent of Police of the district and the District Forest Officer.

The district-level committee will have the flexibility to spend the amount on development schemes of their choice based on the need of the district.

The Committee will draw up a plan consisting of concrete proposals for public infrastructure and services such as school buildings, anganwadi centres, primary health centres, drinking water supply, village roads, electric lights in public places and schools.

The Development Commissioner or equivalent officer in charge of development in the state will be responsible for scrutiny of expenditure and monitoring of the IAP.

Macro-level monitoring of the IAP will be carried out by the committee headed by the Member-Secretary, Planning Commission.

Guidelines for the implementation of the IAP have been issued and the allocation of Rs 25 crore to each district for the year 2010-11 has been released to the state governments, the statement said adding that the districts have initiated action to start the implementation of the Scheme.

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