Govt forms panel on village adoption scheme for MPs

Srinagar: The state government on Thursday constituted a 14-member State Level Empowered Committee for implementation of Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).
The scheme was announced by Indian Prime Minister last year and encourages MPs from both Houses to identify and develop one village from their constituency as a model village by 2016, and two more by 2019.
According to a government order, the empowered panel will be headed by Chief Secretary and its members include administrative Secretaries of Planning & Development Department, PDD, PHE, I&FC, PWD, Health & Medical Education, Forest, Social Welfare, Information Technology, Agriculture Production, Rural Development, Youth Services & Sports besides two civil society members—A W Tak and D P Khajuria.
The committee has been tasked to supplement the central SAGY guidelines and issue state specific instructions which take into account different state schemes.
“These must lay out the roles and responsibilities of functionaries at the Gram Panchayat, Block, District and State Level,” reads the order.
The panel has been asked to review the village development plans across the constituencies and suggest changes, if required, to ensure that the key outputs are achieved within the stipulated timelines.
Other terms and references include review the implementation and lay down monitoring mechanisms supplementary to the web-based monitoring system; identify bottlenecks and technical and administrative support required and issue necessary instructions/Government Orders from time to time; coordinate with the committees at the national level, as may be required; develop a time table for exposure visits to the model village(s) and design a State Level Plan for dissemination on the best practices; and design a grievance redressal mechanism for the scheme which will put in place at the level of the charge officers and the district, in accordance with the scheme guidelines.
“The committee shall be supported by two full time Resource Persons to be nominated by the Department,” the order adds.
The scheme requires MPs to identify one village with a population of 3,000-5,000 in the plains and 1,000-3,000 in the hills within a month for convergence of existing schemes for socio-economic development of the area. MPs can choose any village except their own or their spouse’s. There is no other criterion.
MPs are expected to facilitate a village development plan, motivate villagers to take up activities and use the Rs.5-crore MPLAD fund to fill gaps for funds besides mobilising additional resources especially from Corporate Social Responsibility in sewage and water supply schemes.