Centre to review flagship schemes with states

After pushing game-changer legislations in Parliament, the United Progressive Alliance is showing a sense of urgency ahead of elections as it has decided to review progress of flagship programmes with states. The Union Rural Development Ministry wrote a letter to the state governments on August 30 asking them to come with status report on schemes to attend a two-day meeting on September 24 in the national capital.

“During the meeting, the performance of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana, Indira Awas Yojna (IAY), NSAP and Socio-Economic and Caste Census, Training and Vigilance & Monitoring Committee will be reviewed along with Skill Development and Information Technology in implementation of rural development programmes,” Rural Development Secretary S Vijay Kumar wrote to state secretaries.

The ministry has said that second performance review committee meeting will deliberate on the action taken report on the previous deliberation held in May, besides having special discussion on capacity building of states for better implementation.

The Centre would also like to ascertain the use of Aadhaar numbers to facilitate schemes and implementation of direct benefit transfer. The ministry has divided states into two groups for better coordination and effective engagement during the meeting.

Overcoming policy paralysis to push schemes keeping elections in mind, the government is pumping in Rs 33,000 crore in 2013-14 for MGNREGS which aims at providing 100 days of employment to 4.95 lakh rural household across the country.

Similarly, for IAY, the government has earmarked Rs 15,184 crore for this financial year to provide houses to rural population living below the poverty line.

The ministry has been monitoring the progress of the schemes and has instructed senior officers to take up with states problems they are facing in implementing them so that the output of the meeting is constructive, said government sources.

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