The time has come to re-design and re-structure the approach to rural development by taking into account specific needs of States, focussing more on the outcome, making drinking water and sanitation as priority areas and above all making it as a tool in the government's political and ideological fight against Naxalism, Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh said here on Friday.
Considering the fact that Union Government's annual budget for rural development comes second only to Defence, a whole lot needs to be done to focus on the outcome of the programmes implemented by States and local bodies using the Central funds, he said. In the current fiscal, the Ministry's allocation was Rs.88,000 crore, he added.
Participating in the inaugural session of a two-day All India Editors Conference on Social Sector Issues here, Mr. Ramesh said his Ministry had mooted the idea of having “concurrent evaluation network” by way of establishing 60 to 70 research institutions across the country entrusted with the role of assessing the Centre's rural development programmes on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. They would report to the Centre, he added......Read More
Source: The Hindu