THEY ARE the new ‘mandarins’ of the government machinery appointed to monitor the government’ development schemes implementation and help the BJP strengthen its base up to grassroots level.
But the major handicap these members of the Deendayal Antyodaya Samitis are facing at the very outset is that the government is yet to frame rules, regulation and guidelines about the committee’s role and functioning.
The much talked about committees were constituted in such a haste that the government found little time to formulate the rules and procedure to guide the members how to monitor and review the government’s development schemes.
Appointed by the government for a term of two years, they have yet to know if they would be given any set-up for work and the power and perks they will enjoy.
The members nominated on Deendayal Antyodaya Samiti, Bhopal district were invited to the residence of the district-in-charge minister Raghavji Bhai.
There, they were given appointment letters at a simple function. Constitution of committees for several other districts and units is underway.
Talking to Hindustan Times, a member said it seemed the government was inspired by the then Congress government’s Zila Sarkar scheme to involve the party workers in development schemes. But then the Zila Sarkar used to wield much power.
He said the government had taken about ten months to constitute the committees after its conceptualisation. But framing of rules and regulation should have preceded the constitution.
“There is nobody to tell us if we will have a place to sit; any token allowance for our work and the schemes we are supposed to monitor,” he added.
Interestingly, the Bhopal antyodaya samiti president Shyam Mohan Shrivastava himself was not aware of these facts, not to say of ordinary 30 members of the committee.
When asked, Shrivastava replied that the Government would apprise them of these things in gradual manner. He said he did not know at this point of time whether they would get any allowance for their work.