Himachal top performer in implementing 20-Point Programme



Shimla: Himachal Pradesh has ranked Number 1 in implementation of the 20-Point Programme in the country for the period of April, 2008 to January, 2009.  This was revealed by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal after he received the official intimation to the affect from Government of India, on Monday.

The Chief Minister said that the state had succeeded in achieving 495 of the target under Swaranjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna (Individual Swarojgar Assisted) and achieved 7,157 against the target of 1,446 during the period of evaluation. He said that under National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGA)  state issued 7,91,847 job cards, generated employment to 1,18,75,000 and paid wages worth Rs. 77,28,83,000. He said that under Self Help Group (SHG) scheme, the state achieved 101 percent target by getting 531 of them against the target of 524.  Similarly state settled 53 claims under Minimum Wages Enforcement (Including Farm Labour) against the target of 11, he added.
Dhumal said that under Public Distribution System, 100 percent achievement was obtained since against the allocation of 3,83,980 tonnes, 3,85,135 tonnes of grains were lifted and under Food Security (Antyodaya Ann Yojna) achievement had been 104 percent since the state lifted 71,878 tonnes of grains against allocation of 68,950 tonnes.  He further said that under Rural Housing (Indira Awas Yojna) scheme, the state sanctioned houses to 6,974 poorest of the poor as the state was also implementing Atal Awas Yojna benefitting thousands of deserving families with housing facilities in the State.  He said that Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme was implemented effectively as the achievement had touched 107 percent of the target of 3,801 and included 4,084 habitations under the ambit of rural water supply facilities.He added that total sanitation campaign was under implementation in the state and concerted efforts were underway in association with gram panchayats.

Chief Minister said that 56,173 scheduled caste families had been assisted in the state during the period under reference while 18,248 aanganwari kendras had been made functional. He said that under afforestation of Public and Forest Lands under Area Covered Under Plantation achievement had been 102 percent as 17,014 hectares of land had been brought under plantation against the target of 16,660 hectares of land and additionally 102 percent was achieved as distribution of  1.10 lakh  seedling plants had been the achievement against the target of 1,08,33,330. He said that under Rural Roads the achievement had been 1,118 kms. against the target of 1,106 kms and 104 percent had been achievement under Swaranjyanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna as 2,846 scheduled caste, 469 scheduled tribe and 4,644 individual women were assisted under the programme where achievement had been 104 percent.

The Twenty Point Programme (TPP) was launched by the government of  India in 1975.  The Programme was first revised in 1982 and again in 1986.  Over the years, the need for restructuring the Programme has been felt in the light of achievements and experiences, as well as the introduction of several new policies and programmes by the Government of  India.

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