Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Panchayat in West Bengal: growing success

A number of schemes are always in the pipeline with a view to upgrade lifestyle of rural people in the state. The success is remarkable in projects related to education, health, roads, housing, hundred days employment guarantee scheme, self-help groups etc. In most of the cases the volume of work has considerably increased from that of the previous year. The number of beneficiaries, as a result, all increasing proportionately.

Indira Awas Yojana

The number of dwelling units constructed at different panchayat areas during the financial year 2009-10 was 2,14,827. It was nearly 1,11,512 during 2008-2009.

The increase in the number of construction was, therefore, 1,03,315. The houses under construction during the current financial year are 1,76,761.

Hundred days employment

The number of mandays that was created under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme during 2008-09 financial year was 786,62,000.

During 2009-10, the increase in mandays by 765,09,000 had changed the total to 1551.71 lakh. The work per family which was 26 days during 2008-09 had changed to 45 days during 2009-10. Participation of women had increased from 26.57% in 2008-09 to 33.42% in 2009-2010. The amount spent were Rs. 940,39 crore and Rs. 2110.40 crore during the financial years 2008-09 and 2009-10. There was an increase in amount spent by Rs. 1170 crore. The number of beneficiary families under this scheme were 30,23,524 and 34,74,045 during the financial years 2008-09 and 2009-10 respectively.

Health mission

During the financial year 2008-09 4, 48,120 family latrines were constructed at different panchayat areas. The number of construction in the financial year was 5,29,663. The number of construction in one year (2009-10) is, therefore 81,543.

Different financial assistance and insurance schemes

The number of beneficiaries in various panchayat schemes are worth mentioning. The number of beneficiaries in different schemes like old age pension, widow pension, pension for physically challenged, family assistance and am admi bima yojana were 1273266, 291634, 13939, 41770 and 397204 respectively.

Education mission

The number of child training centres under panchayat and rural development department is 16,025 with 1,45,813 teaches therein. According to the last update received the number of student intakes there is 14,34,833. The number of madhayamik institutions, on the other hand, are 1,888 where the number of teachers and students are 9,558 and 3,76,010.

Self-help groups

The self-help groups working in the panchayat areas of the state are 2,92,430. Grade I and Grade II self-help groups are 2,41,333 and 74,047 respectively. The number of sangha are 1,425.

Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana

The stretch of road that has been constructed under PMGSY upto March 31, 2010 is 9,306 km. which has ensured better connection with 8092 villages.

More projects, new projects

The Ashray and Sahay scheme for the poor, a solely state government initiative is on the anvil. Projects like Bangla Gram Bikash Prakalpa and Bangla Panchayat Sampad Bikash Prakalpa have been started anew since 2010-11. The fund that will be released in the above two projects this year is nearly Rs. 608 crore. The estimated cost in the coming five years is Rs. 3,855 crore. The share of Bangla Gram Bikash Prakalpa is Rs. 3776 crore 82 lakh and Rs. 78 crore 18 lakh for Bangla Panchayat Sampad Bikash Prakalpa. Hundred percent cost for the above two projects will be released from the state's plan fund. The state is solely responsible for these two projects.

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(NEWS NOTES: ICA/NR/21/10, Date: 14.09.2010)
PICS: Praloy Hazra

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