Special Correspondent

Confusion over allotment of work to staff

  • Programme fails to gain momentum due to shortage of field staff
  • Only 1.58 lakh acres out of the 4.5 lakh acres developed in first phase
  • District-level panels to be formed for effective monitoring of scheme

    HYDERABAD: The much-publicised Indira Prabha programme, launched with fanfare by the Government in 2004 to develop barren agriculture lands assigned to the landless poor, has not yielded the desired results in ten districts.

    Implementation of Rs. 450-crore project that aims at total transformation of lands, which were not in use by the poor, continues to suffer hiccups in East and West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Medak, Warangal, Mahabubnagar, Adilabad and Kadapa districts.

    Speaking to reporters after a State-level workshop on `Review of Indira Prabha programme', Rural Development Commissioner S. Narsing Rao said there was some confusion over the allotment of work to technical staff in some districts, which delayed the implementation. People's Monitoring Committee comprising Dalit organisations, unions and NGOs conducted the workshop.

    He said shortage of field-level staff was another reason the programme could not pick up momentum. The situation was fast improving with technical staff being appointed to cover three to four mandals each. There were instances where funds were not released on time. He said only 1.58 lakh acres out of the 4.5 lakh acres had been developed in the first phase at a cost of Rs. 120 crores.

    Routing of funds

    Mr. Rao stated that earlier, funds for the programme were routed from banks to village organisations, which in turn released them to the common interest group (CIG) comprising farmers. This practice had been done away with and funds were not being made available directly to CIGs.

    K. Vinay Kumar, convener, said district-level committees would be shortly constituted for effective monitoring of the programme.