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Centre may transfer over 300 schemes to States

By Our Staff Correspondent

BIDAR, JAN. 16. The Union Government was considering transfer of over 300 development programmes to State Governments after finding that zilla panchayats and local bodies were implementing them better, the Union Minister of State for Planning, M.V. Rajashekharan, said here today.

"We believe that beneficiaries of development programmes implement them best. This belief has been reinforced during our experience with the Rashtriya Sama Vikas Yojana (RSVY)," Mr. Rajashekharan said. A decision on transferring the schemes to States would be taken after discussions, he said.

Mr. Rajashekharan said that the pace of implementation of RSVY was lower in the south than in some north Indian States. As per the RSVY action plan for 2004-2005, Rs. 2.14 crores will be used for education, Rs. 2.35 crores for health, Rs. 15 lakhs for agriculture, Rs. 15 lakhs for horticulture, Rs. 1.08 crores for forest development, Rs. 3 lakhs for animal husbandry, Rs. 7 lakhs for social welfare, Rs. 4.13 crores for soil and water management, Rs. 1 crore for drinking water supply, Rs. 1.38 crores for roads, Rs. 2.44 crores for economic activities and Rs. 6 lakhs for monitoring and evaluation work.

Funds for rural roads

Mr. Rajashekharan said that the Centre was considering a proposal to utilise five of the $120-billion foreign exchange reserves for funding the Accelerated Irrigation Development Programme and for construction of rural roads.

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