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Corporation meet seeks suggestions on Plan

All 55 wards offered suggestions on proposals

Proposals must be approved before September 25

Kozhikode: A development seminar was organised in connection with the finalisation of the draft proposals for the first year of the Eleventh Five Year Plan of the city corporation at the Tagore Centenary Hall here on Wednesday.

Kozhikode Mayor M. Bhaskaran inaugurated the one-day seminar. Deputy Mayor P.T. Abdul Latheef presented the draft proposals which were approved by the corporation council last month. The council had approved the sector-wise allocation of funds totalling Rs. 17.54 crore for 2007-2008. The funds included a carryover of Rs 51.48 lakh from the Special Component Plan (SCP) and Rs. 72.69 lakh from the general category of the last financial year.

The seminar was conducted to incorporate suggestions of the people held at ward-level meetings from August 10 to 20. All the 55 wards of the corporation had offered several suggestions on the proposals.

Corporation councillors and officials engaged in implementing the programmes participated in the seminar. District officials from the departments of Education, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Integrated Child Development Scheme, Fisheries and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Welfare also were present.

The final draft will have to be ratified by the council by September 13. It has to be presented before the technical advisory committee before September 15. The proposals will then have to obtain the approval of the District Planning Committee (DPC) before September 25.

Deadline

Officials said that the Government was likely to extend the deadline given to submit the proposals to the DPC following the number of working days lost in August. The deadline given to grama panchayats and municipalities for submitting the annual plan is September 10 and September 15 respectively.

Kozhikode Corporation will strictly follow the guidelines of the Government to utilise the plan fund in the first year of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan. Already it had received credit for utilising the allotted amount in the previous years, officials said.

Of the Rs. 17. 54 crore drawn up for this fiscal, Rs. 3 crore has been earmarked for infrastructure development; Rs. 3.59 crore, welfare of Scheduled Castes; Rs. 2.75 crore, poverty alleviation and slum improvement; Rs. 75 lakh, welfare for women; Rs 1.96 crore, nutrition scheme for anganwadis; Rs 50 lakh, fisheries; Rs. 50 lakh, energy and Rs. 65 lakh, solid waste management. An amount of Rs. two lakh was allotted to Jalanidhi, Rs. seven lakh to Akshaya and Rs. five lakh to Asraya schemes.

After the DPC gives its approval for the proposals the local body will have a bigger role in preparing the details of each project at the ward level. As spill-over projects will not be allowed this fiscal the entire amount has to spend before March 31, 2008, officials said.

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