Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: The ‘Namakku Naame’ scheme introduced in 1997-1998 with the objective of executing development works with public contribution and renamed as ‘self-sufficiency scheme’ in 2001 by the subsequent government, is all set to be re-launched with the old name. This is pursuant to the announcement made by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi during his meeting with Collectors in July.

The scheme envisages encouraging the public, particularly villagers, to identify development work in their areas, which will be executed with the contribution of beneficiaries who will maintain the facility.

The Director of Rural Development and Panchayat raj, while forwarding the guidelines of the scheme to the government, has also sent a proposal seeking financial allocation of Rs.100 crore. Since the local bodies have started receiving funds under the ‘Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam’ and ‘Anaithu Town Pancahyat Anna Marumalarchi Thittam’ and the development programmes being executed with the funding of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), the government has come to the conclusion that allocation of Rs.50 crore for ‘Namakku Namae’ scheme would be sufficient for current fiscal.

The Directorate of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, while keeping 25 per cent of this allocation, will release the remaining portion in two instalments for the development works such as construction of school buildings, laboratories, toilets, hospitals, primary health centres, health sub-centres, veterinary dispensaries, libraries, hostels, anganwadis, ration shops, maintenance of public properties, creation of water bodies, small bridges and culverts, upgrading of roads, cement roads, parks, playgrounds, purchase of furniture for libraries, government and panchayat union schools, computers for schools and libraries etc.

No desilting works

However, desilting of water bodies cannot be taken up under ‘Namakku Naame’ scheme. “If an individual or a group of people are prepared to bear the entire expenditure of a development work and to execute it, they can be encouraged to do so. But the work should conform to the stipulated norms. Implementation of the work will be closely monitored and reviewed at every stage by the Collector to ensure quality,” the Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, Tirunelveli, F. Abdul Razick, said.