Govt plans to make PM's pet projects focus of convergence programme

  • Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 19, 2015 21:41 IST

The NDA government plans to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet projects the focus of a convergence programme aimed at inter-linking government schemes to ensure their success.

In once such move, the government wants to link skill development under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gramin Kaushal Yojana with credit facilities. It also wants MGNREGA workers who have done at least 15 days of manual labour to be trained under the Kaushal Yojna.

"Some of these convergence programmes may be happening here and there. But there will an institutional approach, and organised monitoring mechanism and awareness drive from the Centre," said an official involved in the process.

In another move, the Jan Dhan Yojna will cover all workers under MGNREGA and self help groups and below poverty line (BPL) families and link them with credit facilities.

The Swachh Bharat campaign will be linked with other schemes to ensure more effective management of solid and liquid wastes in rural areas, while self help groups will be mobilised for aggressive awareness campaigns on immunisation and sanitation.

The new convergence initiative will initially target around 56,000, or almost 27%, of the country's 2.48 lakh gram panchayats. The latest socio-economic caste census data of 2011 will be used to identify the target population.

Under the new planning, gram panchayats will be considered as a unit and, instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, convergence schemes will be tailor-made while keeping the demand of different gram panchayats in mind.

During recent internal discussions involving the convergence plans of the human resource development, health, rural development, skill development and other ministries, it was observed that around 45 lakh units will be required every year to fulfill the government's target of a house for all by 2022.

This will lead to a demand for skilled labour and better credit management, among other things, officials said.

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