Implementation of various government schemes was poor in UP because of the faulty procedures. Complexities in ideas and lack of vision in planning by political parties were some of the immediate reasons why things were not moving ahead, said Rajesh Tandon, president of Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), in town to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the organisation.
Giving example of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in UP, he said crores of rupees had been floated under the scheme, as UP had the largest chunk of 22 district where it was being implemented. District Committees, which need to monitor the scheme, were completely out of scene. There were many such other loop holes in the implementation process, he said.
Tandon, an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development, said that another challenge in the State was to strengthen the 73rd and 74th amendment of the Constitution that made the most radical provisions in respect of affirmative action to create a level playing field for women’s participation in public affairs and participation of municipalities.