The government on Thursday issued instructions to state governments to have effective monitoring for the 20-point programme at the ground level.
At a day-long Conference of State Planning Secretaries on the subject, the government issued instructions to State governments to have an effective monitoring system with checks on cash flow and its benefits
derived by citizens.
The Union government wants that the information received from the blocks to the State government and the Centre be speeded up.
A government spokesman said that data received needs to be analysed and interpreted so that prompt intervention can take place at the right time.
The Conference was inaugurated by Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation GK Vasan and presided over by Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes.
Mr Fernandes had initiated the restructuring of the Twenty Point Programme (TPP), when he was Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
In his address, Mr Vasan said the TPP was a package of social sector schemes and programmes having an important bearing on the poor and under privileged.
He said the programme would go a long way to meet the goals and priorities envisaged in the National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP), the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the SAARC Social Charter.
Data by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation shows that during the period April to November 2006, the non-UPA ruled States like Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Orissa are figuring among the best ten performing States in terms of TPP parameters.
On the other hand, Congress-ruled States like Jammu and Kashmir and Assam are at the bottom of the table with rankings at 27 and 29 respectively among the 30- States being monitored with regard to the programme.
The Left Ruled Kerala and West Bengal as well as the Congress run Maharashtra occupy the 18th, 19th and 19th position. (West Bengal and Maharshtra are on the same rank).
The programme was launched in 1975, but has been restructured thrice---1982, 1986 and 2006.
While the TPP-86 had 119 items, the TPP-2006 has 66 items. It was stated at the Conference that this would mean focused and efficient monitoring of the 20 points relating to social welfare.
The Spokesmen said for ensuring effective implementation of the TPP-2006, a four-tier monitoring mechanism will be put in place at the Block, District, State and Central government level.
There was also a provision to conduct evaluation and impact assessment
studies by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation at frequent intervals to evaluate the progress, performance and impact of TPP-2006.