Marked improvement in healthcare facilities, measures to support agriculture and labourers, and welfare schemes for schools students figure prominently in the 922 projects listed in the district panchayat’s annual Plan for 2013-14.

District panchayat president Ansajitha Russel told mediapersons here recently that this was the first time since the initiation of the People’s Plan at the local body level that Plan formulation and approval happened in a time-bound manner.

Under the health wing, infrastructure development had been prioritised with a public health centre to be constructed at Amachal — a project that will be jointly implemented by the district panchayat and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) using their Rural Infrastructure Development Fund. A serology laboratory — for testing blood and other bodily fluids — will be built in the compound of the District Medical Office, near the General Hospital here, using Rs.57 lakh. As much as Rs.75 lakh would be used to create a revolving fund for the support of women agricultural groups.Employment schemes would be linked to schemes to improve agriculture and rejuvenation of water bodies. For waste management, Rs.40 lakh had been allotted for the setting up of biogas plants in schools. As many as 12 library buildings would be constructed under the aegis of the Library Council using Rs.1 crore.