115 backward dis­tricts to be trans­formed

Millennium Post - - FRONT PAGE - SIMONTINI BHATTACHARJEE

NEW DELHI: In keep­ing with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi's vi­sion of a New In­dia by 2022, the Bjp-led Cen­tral Govern­ment has em­barked upon a ma­jor pol­icy ini­tia­tive for the rapid trans­for­ma­tion of 115 most backward dis­tricts across the coun­try.

Also keep­ing in view the 2019 gen­eral elec­tion, the Govern­ment had in­tro­duced its most an­tic­i­pated scheme – Trans­for­ma­tion of New In­dia 2022, last week which aims at im­prov­ing de­vel­op­ment pa­ram­e­ters of th­ese dis­tricts.

A to­tal of 115 dis­tricts have been iden­ti­fied for this pur­pose by ob­jec­tive cri­te­ria. Th­ese in­clude ed­u­ca­tion, health, nutri­tion ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture like ru­ral road con­nec­tiv­ity, ru­ral house­hold elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, ac­cess to potable wa­ter and toi­lets etc.

The dis­tricts in­clude Firozpur and Moga from Pun­jab, Chamba from Hi­machal Pradesh, Me­wat from Haryana, Kup­wara and Bara­mulla from Jammu & Kash­mir are among the 115 dis­tricts.

Apart from them, Jhark­hand tops the list with 19 dis­tricts, 10 dis­tricts of Bi­har, 8 from Ut­tar Pradesh, 8 from Odisha, 10 from Ch­hat­tis­garh, eight from Mad­hya Pradesh, five from Ra­jasthan, seven from As­sam, three from Andhra Pradesh, two from Gu­jarat, four from Maharashtra, three from Te­lan­gana, two from Ut­tarak­hand, and five dis­tricts from West Ben­gal are also on the list

The scheme will be ex­e­cuted jointly by the Cen­tre and re­spec­tive states. There will be a nodal of­fi­cer in ev­ery dis­trict, des­ig­nated prab­haris. Th­ese of­fi­cers will serve as a link be­tween the Cen­tre and the states.

The PMO has con­ceived the scheme, and a sig­nif­i­cant al­lo­ca­tion is likely to be an­nounced for it in the forth­com­ing Union Bud­get, which would be the fi­nal one for the NDA regime.

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