Staff Reporter

This accounts for 20 per cent of funds allotted to district

Government has allocated Rs. 78 crore for 2009-10

Kochi Corporation to receive Rs. 23 crore as aid

KOCHI: A meeting of the District Planning Committee (DPC) held here on Friday approved more than 1,000 projects to be implemented by the 113 local self-government bodies in the district in the first phase using the development fund allocated by the State government.

This accounted for about 20 per cent of the total development fund allocated to the local self-government bodies in the district for the 2009-10 financial year.

The government had given clear-cut guidelines regarding the projects to be executed using the development fund in the first phase. As per this, projects that needs to be given prominence ahead of the monsoon like sanitation drive, distribution of medicines to check outbreak of epidemics, urgent assistance required by anganwadis, agricultural assistance to help withstand monsoon, maintenance works of schools, anganwadis, and hospitals, and projects under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan were given approval.

Approval was withheld to some of the projects, which did not comply with these guidelines. The meeting chaired by District Panchayat president P.S. Shyla, who is also the chairperson of the DPC, asked the local self-government bodies concerned to submit those projects for approval in the second phase.

The projects to be implemented by grama panchayats, block panchayats, and municipalities in the second phase will be given approval by July 25, while second phase projects of the district panchayat and the Kochi Corporation will be approved by July 31.

The State government had allocated Rs. 78.33 crore as development fund to the 88 grama panchayats for 2009-10. Fifteen block panchayats in the district will receive Rs. 19.52 crore as development fund.

Kochi Corporation will receive Rs. 25.36 crore as development fund. Thus local self-government bodies found wanting in performing their mandatory duties were denied the eligibility to submit proposals in the second phase. Members of the DPC, and P. Sadanandan, the district planning officer, attended the meeting.