‘If district spends more under scheme, it is entitled to more funds'

Union Labour and Employment Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge has urged officials to make the best use of funds available for the development and welfare of minorities in the district.

He was speaking at a programme to review the implementation of the Prime Minister's 15-point programme and the Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MSDP) for the welfare of minorities in Gulbarga district here on Tuesday.

Mr. Kharge said officials in the departments concerned should set themselves district-level targets and extend the benefits under both schemes to the intended beneficiaries.

Unhappy that the financial and physical targets set so far had not been met, the Minister asked Deputy Commissioner R. Vishal and other implementing officers to take personal interest in implementing the schemes. No funds should lapse because of laxity of the government officials in implementing the schemes, he ordered.

He directed the district authorities to hold a detailed review of the implementation of the two schemes every three months.

Mr. Kharge pointed out that one of the features of the MSDP was that if the district spent more, it would be entitled to get more funds.

There was no cap on spending under the different MSDP schemes.

“It is designed to improve the economic condition of minorities in the district,” he said.


The Minister said officials should put in more efforts to tap abundant opportunities in the inland fisheries programme. Sericulture should also be supported in the district, he said.

Sedam MLA Sharanprakash Patil, Regional Commissioner Rajneesh Goel, Superintendent of Police Praveen Madhukar Pawar and Chief Executive Officer (in charge) of the zilla panchayat S.M. Kenchannavar were among those present.

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