Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Friday said that there was massive bungling in the survey carried out for enumerating BPL category beneficiaries in Bihar for rural development programmes like Indira Awaas Yojna.
Addressing a Press conference in Delhi on Friday following a two day Performance Review Commttee meeting he said,Bihar government went in for a new BPL list to be made in which large number of villages did not even find a mention, names of many rich and powerful people including MLAs,Collectors were given in the BPL list and names of genuine people belonging to BPL categories were found to be missing in large scale.
“There is strong resentment among people and almost daily one reads of reports about villagers raising this issue and fighting with authorities, holding dharnas and gheraos,”he added.
He said that despite writing several letters to Chief Minister of Bihar he has yet to receive a reply. The present Bihar government is blaming the earlier government for mistakes in the BPL list,he added.Dr Singh said that except eight states Arunachal Pradesh, Chhatisgarh,Jharkhand,Madhya Pradesh,Uttar Pradesh,Uttarakhand,Punjab,Andaman no other state had finalized the new BPL list.
He said all the states have been asked to make special efforts to see that the BPL list is finalized within a period of two months without fail.
He said the states have also been warned that in case BPL list is not finalized on time,the Ministry will take further strict measures in terms of linking the BPL list preparation with release of funds.
“We have also asked state government to publish BPL lists in books, give them in web sites, and put them up on notice boards in gram panchayats.”
He said the BPL Census 2002 had been carried out following 13 parameters including amenities, nutrition level of BPL families. The publication of the report had been delayed for about one and a half years due to a PIL in Supreme Court, he added.
He said that the outlay for the first year of the Eleventh Plan for the Ministry of Rural Development is Rs.4,10,60 crores as against a provison of Rs.31,444 crores for the previous year (2006-07) which marks an increase of about 30 per cent.
The releases for Tenth Plan period itself was Rs.1,14,068 crores as against an outlay of Rs. 76,774 crores an increase of 48.6 per cent increase in releases as against outlay,he added.