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Go on field visits to monitor implementation of schemes: Velu

Special Correspondent

Members of Tiruvannamalai District Monitoring Committee told



R.Velu

TIRUVANNAMALAI: Members of the Tiruvannamalai District Monitoring Committee for the review of rural development schemes should undertake frequent field visits to monitor the implementation of the various schemes to ensure that they are executed properly and the benefits reach the targeted sections, R. Velu, Union Minister of State for Railways and the chairman of the committee, said on Saturday.

Presiding over the meeting of the committee at the Collectorate here, Mr. Velu said that the MLAs, who are members of the committee, should invite the officials implementing the schemes and advise them on how best to implement the schemes to maximise the benefits to the people.

There should be a proper coordination between the officials and the people’s representatives to ensure the proper implementation of the schemes and find solutions to the problems arising during implementation. The Collector should take action against officials who fail to meet the people’s representatives.

The officials should heed their advice within the ambit of law, he said.

Job scheme

During the review, it was pointed out that a total of 2,92,962 families in Tiruvannamalai district had so far registered for work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), and all of them had been issued employment cards.

Administrative sanction was accorded to 4,590 works during 2006-07 and 2007-08. Of them 2,525 works were completed at a cost of Rs.11,059 lakh. During 2007-08, 5,135 families were given jobs for 100 days.

Under the Swarnajayanthi Gramin Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), revolving fund to the tune of Rs.70.30 lakh was given to 703 women’s self-help groups (SHGs) and subsidy for economic loans to the tune of Rs.268.80 lakh was given to 219 women’s SHGs in the 18 blocks in the district. Out of the 2,947 group houses sanctioned under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) during 2007-08 in the 18 blocks, 2,621 houses were completed at a cost of Rs.1069.300 lakh. The beneficiaries comprised 1,919 Adi Dravida members and tribals, and 1,035 belonging to other communities. Under the scheme of upgrading the kutcha houses into pucca houses under IAY, the kutcha houses of 643 beneficiaries comprising 430 Adi Dravidas/tribals and 213 persons belonging to other communities have been upgraded at a cost of Rs.80.375 lakh.

Group houses

Steps have been taken to provide group houses to 2,922 beneficiaries comprising 1,792 Adi Dravidas/tribals and 1,140 other community people in all 18 blocks in 2008-09.

Under the scheme of upgrading kutcha houses into pucca houses, the houses of 643 beneficiaries comprising 434 Adi Dravidas/tribals and 209 other community people would be upgraded during the year.

Works have been taken up in full swing to convert wasteland into fertile agricultural land in the Cheyyar panchayat union under the Drought Prone Areas Programme.

Under the Integrated Wasteland Development Programme, works have been taken up in Vembakkam, Kalasapakkam and Thandrambattu panchayat unions.

Satyabrata Sahoo, Collector of Tiruvannamalai, Anu George, Additional Collector, District Rural Development Agency, and other officials, MPs and MLAs participated.

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