Aa­jee­vika Mela

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A30-mem­ber women SHG team un­der the Arunachal State Rural Liveli­hoods Mis­sion (ArSRLM) is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ‘Aa­jee­vika Mela’ be­ing con­ducted by the Min­istry of Rural Devel­op­ment, Govern­ment of In­dia (MoRD) at Pra­gati Maidan, New Delhi from April 14 to 23. The ArSRLM will also put up two rural prod­ucts ex­hi­bi­tion stall cum sale coun­ters in the mela. In an in­ter­ac­tion ses­sion with the SHG team mem­bers be­fore their jour­ney to New Delhi at SIRD con­fer­ence hall on Mon­day, Rural Devel­op­ment, Pan­chay­ati Raj and Co­op­er­a­tion Min­is­ter Alo Libang, en­cour­aged them say­ing that they were for­tu­nate to have as­so­ci­ated with DAY NRLM, as it has pro­vided them an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a na­tional level ex­hi­bi­tion cum sale. He as­sured all pos­si­ble sup­port from the state govern­ment to fa­cil­i­tate com­fort­able stay for the team. Af­ter giv­ing a pa­tient hear­ing to all women SHG mem­bers, the Min­is­ter ap­pre­ci­ated the ArSRLM of­fi­cials for their hard work in mould­ing the at­ti­tude of women folk in their se­lected area of ac­tiv­i­ties in a short du­ra­tion of merely six months. Shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences, women mem­bers ex­pressed their grat­i­tude to­wards the block and state team at ArSRLM. They said that the per­sis­tent mo­bil­i­sa­tion and ori­en­ta­tion has en­abled them to re­dis­cover them­selves and ArSRLM has also pro­vided them with a plat­form in the form of their SHG. Sec­re­tary (RD&PR) Dani Salu and CEO cum SMD ArSRLM, Tabin Siga also spoke on the oc­ca­sion. Among oth­ers, Di­rec­tor SIRD B J Duia was also present. While the women SHG team will par­tic­i­pate in the in­au­gu­ral pro­gramme on March 14, four SHG mem­bers along with State Co­or­di­na­tor N Breeze Doye will run the ex­hi­bi­tion stall in the mela.

Rs. 23,443 crores re­leased for MGNREGS for Mis­sion Wa­ter Conservation

The Min­istry of Rural Devel­op­ment has re­leased Rs. 23,443.09 crore to the States to­day as first tranche for Fi­nan­cial Year 2017-18 un­der Ma­hatma Gandhi Na­tional Rural Em­ploy­ment Guar­an­tee Scheme (MGNREGS). The amount re­leased

in­cludes all pend­ing li­a­bil­i­ties as on 31st March, 2017. It is also to en­sure pri­or­ity work on wa­ter conservation mea­sures. The Govern­ment is lay­ing con­sid­er­able em­pha­sis on Wa­ter Conservation and Wa­ter Man­age­ment works un­der MGNREGS. All States have been ad­vised to en­sure that such works are taken up wher­ever re­quired with ap­pro­pri­ate tech­ni­cal and sci­en­tific scru­tiny. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources, Mis­sion Wa­ter Conservation Guide­lines have been de­vel­oped and shared with the States. A list of 2264 wa­ter-stressed Blocks, as as­cer­tained from the Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources, has been pre­pared. These Blocks are lo­cated in 324 dis­tricts of 21 States. In a re­cent com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the States, the Min­istry has ad­vised the States to en­sure not less than 65% ex­pen­di­ture on Nat­u­ral Re­source Man­age­ment (NRM) Ac­tiv­i­ties. There are 155 kind of works per­mis­si­ble un­der MGNREGS. Of these, 100 works are NRM re­lated. In a com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the Chief Sec­re­taries, Sec­re­tary, Rural Devel­op­ment has re­quested them to ac­cord top most pri­or­ity to Wa­ter Conservation works un­der MGNREGS. Spe­cial thrust has to be en­sured in drought prone re­gions and in dis­tricts/Blocks re­ceiv­ing in­ad­e­quate rain­fall. Apart from fo­cus­ing on ex­e­cu­tion of works re­lated to Wa­ter Conservation and Wa­ter Man­age­ment, States have been re­quested to en­sure work avail­abil­ity to poor house­holds in poor re­gions on pri­or­ity. A cam­paign to en­sure a Job Card for ev­ery house­hold that re­ported de­pri­va­tion in SECC has been go­ing on. No poor house­hold will be de­nied work in MGNREGS.

Cen­tre to build 1 crore houses un­der PMAY-G by 2019

The Govern­ment to­day said that it has ap­proved the con­struc­tion of 1 crore houses with the fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tion of Rs. 81,975 crore for the pe­riod 2016-17 to 2018-19. The Min­is­ter of State for Rural Devel­op­ment Shri Ram Kri­pal Ya­dav said in a writ­ten re­ply to a ques­tion in the Lok Sabha that as per pro­vi­sional fig­ures of So­cio Eco­nomic and Caste Cen­sus (SECC) 2011, ap­prox­i­mately 4 crore rural house­holds face hous­ing de­pri­va­tion. Af­ter ac­count­ing for the houses that were con­structed un­der Indira Aawas Yo­jana, IAY and State spon­sored hous­ing schemes since 2011, it has been es­ti­mated that 2.95 crore more houses, with an an­tic­i­pated vari­a­tion of ± 10%, would need to be con­structed to achieve the ob­jec­tive of ‘Hous­ing For All’ by the year 2022. In the first phase (from 2016-17 to 2018-19) one crore houses are tar­geted for con­struc­tion un­der Prad­han Mantri Aawas Yo­jana-Grameen, PMAY-G. Tar­gets for the re­main­ing pe­riod (till 2022) will be de­cided af­ter ver­i­fi­ca­tion and fi­nal­i­sa­tion of per­ma­nent wait lists, based on SECC 2011 data by all States/UTs. Shri Ya­dav said that to pro­vide tech­ni­cal sup­port in achiev­ing the tar­gets of “Hous­ing for All” a Na­tional Tech­ni­cal Sup­port Agency (NTSA) for Rural Hous­ing shall be set up at the na­tional level. The Min­is­ter in­formed that to achieve the ob­jec­tive of ‘Hous­ing for All’ var­i­ous features have been in­cor­po­rated into the scheme ar­chi­tec­ture of PMAY-G, some of which are as be­low:

• Avail­abil­ity of suf­fi­cient fi­nan­cial re­sources both in the form of bud­getary sup­port and bor­row­ing from NABARD to meet the ex­pen­di­ture for con­struc­tion of houses.

• Elec­tronic trans­fer of as­sis­tance un­der Di­rect Ben­e­fit Trans­fer (DBT) to re­solve prob­lems of de­layed pay­ments and ex­pe­dite com­ple­tion.

• Com­pre­hen­sive on­line mon­i­tor­ing through the scheme MIS-AwaasSoft.

• In­spec­tion and Geo tag­ging of houses, through the mo­bile ap­pAwaasApp by ben­e­fi­cia­ries to re­duce de­lays.

• In­creas­ing num­ber of trained rural ma­sons through Train­ing, As­sess­ment and Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

• Set­ting up of Pro­gramme Man­age­ment Unit (PMUs) at state and sub state level to re­view progress on a daily ba­sis, pro­vide req­ui­site tech­ni­cal sup­port and fa­cil­i­ta­tion and plug gaps in im­ple­men­ta­tion us­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive funds avail­able un­der the scheme.

Naren­dra Singh To­mar, Min­is­ter of Rural Devel­op­ment and Pan­chay­ati Raj

Min­is­ter of State for Rural Devel­op­ment Shri Ram Kri­pal Ya­dav

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