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Agatha to go on project tours
Published on 4 Jan. 2010 10:55 PM IST
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The Union minister of state for rural development, Agatha Sangma, on Sunday said she would tour the rural areas of the country, especially the Northeast, to find whether the delivery of schemes under her ministry is upto the mark. Speaking to The Telegraph over phone from Delhi, Sangma said the implementation of several rural development schemes was yet to be improved in many states, including the Northeast. “While touring many remote states in the Northeast, I feel that we will be able to understand the ground reality regarding the implementation of the schemes,” she said. Advocating transparency in the implementation of rural development schemes, the minister said while visiting many states in the country and understanding the problems faced by the people as far as availing the rural development schemes, the implementations of several schemes could be streamlined. According to the minister, since the Union ministry receives complaints from many quarters about the loopholes in the implementation of several rural development schemes, on-the-spot assessment of the schemes is the need of the hour to detect irregularities and take corrective measures. She also called for better co-ordination between the states and the Centre for the effective implementation of the schemes under her ministry. Recently, Sangma sought the active co-operation and personal involvement from the chief ministers of the northeastern states to monitor the implementation of various-centrally sponsored rural development schemes in their respective states. In letters written to the chief ministers of all the northeastern states, including Sikkim, the Union minister expressed her dissatisfaction over the expenditure of less funds released as central assistance. She said this had resulted in the Northeast lagging behind in terms of development compared to other states of the country. All the states should be on a par when it comes to the improvement of the rural areas, she said. The Union minister had also highlighted in the letter that during 2008-09, an amount of Rs 3,99,965.35 lakh was allotted to all the northeastern states, including Sikkim, to implement various central-sponsored rural development schemes. She expressed hope that in the future, the northeastern states would spend all the money allotted to the respective states for the overall improvement of the people living in the rural areas.

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