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Government of India
Ministry of Rural Development
23-November-2010 15:25 IST
Implementation of Development Scheme in Rural Areas
The Minister of State for for Rural Development Shri Pradeep Jain “Aditya” today informed the Rajya Sabha that the Ministry of Rural Development is implementing a number of schemes namely Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act(MGNREGA), Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY)/National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP), National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and Total Sanitation Campaign(TSC) in rural areas of the country, through State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. An amount of Rs. 39957.48 crore, Rs. 60509.13 and Rs. 82187.26 crore respectively was spent during 2207-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 under MGNREGA, SGSY/NRLM, IAY, PMGSY, NRDWP and TSC. The cumulative expenditure under the Drought Prone Areas Programme (DPAP), Desert Development Programme (DDP) and Integrated Watershed Development Programme (IWDP) is Rs. 1648.94 crore, Rs. 1332.87 crores and Rs. 1726.54 crore during the last three years (i.e. 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10). DPAP, DDP and IWDP have been merged into IWMP now.

The Ministry of Rural Development has put in place a comprehensive system of monitoring the implementation of the programmes including utilization of funds through Periodical Progress Reports, Performance Review Committee, Area Officer’s Scheme, Vigilance and Monitoring Committees at the State and District Levels and National Level Monitors. The State Governments and Union Territory Administrations have been advised to adopt a five-pronged strategy to improve the implementation of the rural development schemes consisting of (i) creation of awareness about the schemes, (ii) transparency, (iii) people’s participation, (iv) accountability, social audit and (v) vigilance and monitoring of rural development programmes at all levels to achieve maximum success rate.

The Minister was replying to a written question in the Rajya Sabha today