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New targets for rural schemes: Ramesh

By STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Oct 27 � Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has decided to revise the target set for various flagship rural development programme and schemes of the UPA government in the State, including the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and Indira Awash Yojana (IAY).

The decisions were taken in consultation with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi earlier today.

The Union Minister, while talking to media persons, informed that the State government has been asked to submit proposal for all the habitations (over 1,000 population) which are yet to be connected under the PMGSY. Accordingly, habitations with over 500 inhabitants will also be covered. The detailed project report will be for 1,000 kilometres costing roughly Rs 6,000 crore.

�Once the detailed project reports are submitted, the Union Rural Development Ministry will approve it,� Ramesh assured.

The minister, who ended his two-day visit to the State today, went on to state that in all the PMGSY roads already built, the Centre has sanctioned construction of 400 bridges costing around Rs 800 crore.

�An initiative on rural development projects with loan from either Asian Development Bank or the World Bank is also being considered and I have discussed the matter with the Finance Ministry,� Ramesh pointed out.

The State government, Ramesh said, has requested the Centre to bear the cost incurred in maintenance of roads and the cost of reconstruction of roads washed away during floods.

On NREGA, Ramesh said that the issue of delay in release of funds by the Centre would soon be examined and necessary action taken.

He, however, insisted on deemphasization of NREGA and instead laid stress on utilization of funds for afforestation, restoration of water bodies, water and land management and irrigation instead of just road construction.

�This is how, I feel, NREGA funds would be better utilized,� Ramesh opined.

The Minister also stated that target under Indira Awash Yojana, which for the year 2011-12 was Rs 1.67 lakh has been revised to Rs 2 lakh.

Further, the target for Widow Pension Scheme has been increased from 64,000 to 1.23 lakh. Similarly, the target of Disability Pension Scheme has also been revised from 24,000 to 40,000. The target for National Family Benefit Scheme too has been reset from 10,400 to 20,000.

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New targets for rural schemes: Ramesh

GUWAHATI, Oct 27 � Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has decided to revise the target set for various flagship rural development programme and schemes of the UPA government in the State, including the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and Indira Awash Yojana (IAY).

The decisions were taken in consultation with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi earlier today.

The Union Minister, while talking to media persons, informed that the State government has been asked to submit proposal for all the habitations (over 1,000 population) which are yet to be connected under the PMGSY. Accordingly, habitations with over 500 inhabitants will also be covered. The detailed project report will be for 1,000 kilometres costing roughly Rs 6,000 crore.

�Once the detailed project reports are submitted, the Union Rural Development Ministry will approve it,� Ramesh assured.

The minister, who ended his two-day visit to the State today, went on to state that in all the PMGSY roads already built, the Centre has sanctioned construction of 400 bridges costing around Rs 800 crore.

�An initiative on rural development projects with loan from either Asian Development Bank or the World Bank is also being considered and I have discussed the matter with the Finance Ministry,� Ramesh pointed out.

The State government, Ramesh said, has requested the Centre to bear the cost incurred in maintenance of roads and the cost of reconstruction of roads washed away during floods.

On NREGA, Ramesh said that the issue of delay in release of funds by the Centre would soon be examined and necessary action taken.

He, however, insisted on deemphasization of NREGA and instead laid stress on utilization of funds for afforestation, restoration of water bodies, water and land management and irrigation instead of just road construction.

�This is how, I feel, NREGA funds would be better utilized,� Ramesh opined.

The Minister also stated that target under Indira Awash Yojana, which for the year 2011-12 was Rs 1.67 lakh has been revised to Rs 2 lakh.

Further, the target for Widow Pension Scheme has been increased from 64,000 to 1.23 lakh. Similarly, the target of Disability Pension Scheme has also been revised from 24,000 to 40,000. The target for National Family Benefit Scheme too has been reset from 10,400 to 20,000.