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Agatha reviews projects in Garo Hills

By Correspondent

TURA, Sept 13 � Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha K Sangma today held a review meeting on the implementation of Centrally sponsored schemes pertaining to rural development with the heads of Departments at the Circuit House here.

Agatha informed that according to a new guideline, the review meeting that usually included all the three Districts of Garo Hills would be held only in a particular District that was being reviewed. This, she said was to enable easy and precise evaluation of problems pertaining to a single district thereby making it easier to effectively monitor the problems effecting that particular district.

The meeting reviewed the Centrally sponsored schemes pertaining to rural development like NREGS, BRGF, etc and sought to rectify certain obstacles in their efficient implementation. Thomas A Sangma, MP, Rajya Sabha, who accompanied Agatha K Sangma, informed that the major problem in efficient implementation of the Centrally sponsored schemes was shortage of manpower and non-penetration of banks.

Sanjay Goyal, Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, elaborated on the constraints regarding the implementation of the schemes and projects sanctioned by the government and said that inadequate establishment of grass root level implementing agencies like the VECs, etc., were major impediments and that its rectification was imperative for the effective implementation of these projects.

Goyal also gave a detailed report on NREGS, BRGF, SGSY, IAY, NSAP, PMGSY, NRDWP/ARWSP, TSC, IWMP/IWDP, other Centrally sponsored programmes of the Agriculture department and the Horticulture department.

Among others present at the meeting were Conrad K Sangma, Leader of the Opposition, James K Sangma, MLA and officers and staff from various departments.

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