Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta today advocated for strengthening democracy at the local level by urging the proactive role of gram panchayats in development activities and doubling down on development initiatives, taking advantage of the immense resources under various programs. of the central government.
While emphasizing progress in rural areas, with particular emphasis on farmers, women and unemployed youth, Dr. Mehta said J&K should strive to become the most successful UT among all states/UTs nationwide, as it improves governance through increased transparency and efficient service delivery.
The Secretary General was speaking at a meeting held to endorse the annual action plans of the various schemes of the Department of Rural Development for the year 2022-23. The meeting was attended by various Principal Secretaries, including the RDD Administrative Secretary and the Joint Secretary of Land Resources from the Ministry of Rural Development of the Central Government.
Dr. Mehta emphasized on convergent actions between different departments to maximize the impact of MGNREGA and requested the department to work in convergence with departments such as jalshakti, forest, school education, industries and commerce, agriculture/ horticultural, etc. so that the twin goals of resource optimization and accelerated development are achieved.
The Chief Secretary said there is a dire need for the department to seek to deliver high value, high impact work with tangible results under MGNREGA.
Earlier, the Administrative Secretary, RDD, during a presentation on the annual action plans for the next fiscal year, informed that it is proposed to build 54,000 houses under PMAY(G) during the year. year 2022-23. The financial outlay for this initiative is proposed to be Rs 1303.10 cr.
He was further informed that the department proposes to generate a total of 426 lakhs man-days for an expenditure of Rs. 1610.56 cr under MGNREGA in the next financial year.
The RDD secretary said that under the NRLM, of the 21,194 SHGs proposed to be set up, 18,000 SHGs will be linked to banks in the next financial year. The department also proposes to set up 1644 VO.
The department has set a financial target of Rs. 111.88 cr for this purpose.
The department proposes to provide a revolving fund and a community investment fund to 2000 SHG in 2022-23 at an expenditure of Rs. 116.67 cr.
Under Rurban, the department proposes to complete 207 works while specifying that it plans to train 50,000 young people for employment in the private sector under HIMAYAT in the next financial year.
The committee approved the department’s annual action plans for submission to the empowered committee which is due to meet on the 25th of this month at the Ministry of Rural Development to review these plans.
Stating that generation of economic activity should be the focus of the department’s various initiatives, Dr. Mehta said the department must ensure that the target of creating 15,000 SHGs in the current year is hit.
He also insisted on carrying out an assessment of the functionality of these groups to ensure that their continued existence on a sustainable basis is guaranteed.
The Chief Secretary instructed the department to ensure that at least 2 lakh of MGNREGA’s work is completed by the end of this fiscal year, while adding that the spillover of such work in subsequent years should be completely avoid.
Dr. Mehta instructed the department to ensure that all eligible PMAY (G) recipients receive the pending installments for house construction by March 15 of the current fiscal year.
Emphasizing on cleanliness, he said the implementation of the ongoing ‘Mera Gaon Swach Gaon’ campaign needs to be accentuated by implementing village action plans in a serious manner.
The Chief Secretary requested the department to complete the 82 pending projects under the IWMP by the end of the current fiscal year while requesting the department to ensure that the assistance available in the Ministry’s IWMP1.0 framework is fully utilized to address water stress issues at J&K. .