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Management graduates to be appointed block coordinators

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 27 - State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that management graduates will be appointed at block levels to prepare plans for each village under the Chief Minister�s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUJ).

�It will be a contractual job. We will prefer graduates from institutes like IIM, TISS and students having subjects related to rural development. It will be an all-India recruitment. Besides making the plan for each village under the block, the lead block coordinator will also be responsible to monitor the implementation of the schemes under the Mega Mission,� Sarma said at a press conference here.

The government has not yet fixed the upper limit of salaries of the block coordinators who will be assisted by coordinators from other line departments like Fisheries, Agriculture, IT, etc.

Sarma said that the Mega Mission Society, which will implement the schemes, has already been registered. Three mini-missions under the Mega Mission � each from Agriculture, Sports & Youth Affairs and IT � have also been registered. Six more mini-missions will be formed.

The objective of the scheme is to double the farmers� income by the year 2022. For this, the government will spend Rs one crore in each of the 2,600 villages.

�The Mega Mission has already accumulated a fund of Rs 1,500 crore, given by the government in two instalments,� the minister, who was flanked by Agriculture Minister Atul Bora and Mission Director of the five-year mission RT Jindal, said.

As entry-point activity under the Mega Mission, the government has decided to go for farm mechanisation, development of a playground and a knowledge centre in each village.

Under farm mechanisation, the government will provide one tractor in each village. A group of eight to 10 farmers are eligible to apply for the tractor which will have 70 per cent government subsidy and another 20 per cent facilitated by bank loans. The beneficiaries will be free to buy tractors of their choice. In case there are more than two applications from a village, the district-level committee will make the selection. The vehicles will be GPS-fitted and geo-tagged so that the beneficiaries are not able to misuse them and use them in non-agricultural activity.

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