Rs. 140 crores approved for employment scheme

Staff Correspondent

18 districts to be covered in the first phase; employment fund to be set up

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet on Friday approved the State Panchayat and Rural development Department's budgetary requirement of Rs. 140 crores for the financial year 2006-07 to implement the provisions of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005.

This was announced at a Cabinet briefing here by the State Minister for Public Works Department and Information Technology, Kailash Vijayvargiya.

He said that 18 districts would be covered in the first phase under the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme. The districts were Jhabua, Mandla, Umaria, Shahdol, Badwani, Khargone, Shivpuri, Sidhi, Tikamgarh, Balaghat, Chhatarpur, Betul, Khandwa, Sheopur, Dhar, Seoni, Dindori and Satna.

The Cabinet also approved proposals for creation of an Employment Guarantee Fund at the State level, registration of families in rural areas, distribution of job cards to the registered families, arrangement of administrative staff at the district and janapad levels and setting up of a computerised system for feedback and monitoring as well as notifying the rates and procedure of payment.

The Minister further said that on the basis of the below poverty line (BPL) survey of 2002-03, 39.54 per cent of the State's population would come under the BPL category. The list of BPL families would be displayed at Gram Sabhas and village panchayats, he said.

Mr. Vijayvargiya informed media persons that the State Cabinet had also decided to forward to the Central Government the proposal to obtain a Rs. 1612- crore loan for implementing a new road project with the cooperation of Asian Development Bank. Under this project, 22 roads totalling 1880 kms would be taken up and maintained on international standards.

The Cabinet has also approved the decision to amend the Section 2 of the Toll Tax Act 1932 to increase the period for collecting toll from 15 years to 30 years.

In yet another decision, the Cabinet approved a Rs. 59.71- crore Action Plan for implementing the National Horticulture Mission Project. The State Cabinet has approved the norms fixed for distribution of net income from the trade of minor forest produce to the primary minor forest produce cooperative societies. .

The Cabinet also endorsed the reconstitution of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs. It would be headed by the Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan.

The reconstitution of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs was also approved. It would also be headed by the Chief Minister.

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