WORLD BANK has praised the efficient implementation of the District Poverty Initiative Project (DPIP) in Madhya Pradesh terming it better than other States.
At a review meeting of the project held on Tuesday, it was mentioned that this had brightened the prospects of the sanction for the second phase of this ambitious project. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan chaired the meeting.
The assessment of the implementation had been done through an independent survey. According to the survey, the income of 2.94 lakh rural members of over 50,000 Common Interest Groups (CIGs) in 14 districts has increased by 65 per cent.
Of these, 14,008 are groups exclusively of women and 12,590 include members of Scheduled Castes, officials at the review meeting said. Prominent among others attending the meeting were World Bank rural development expert Martien Van Nieukoop, chief secretary Rakesh Sahni, Rural Development principal secretary Pradeep Bhargawa, secretary Wasim Akhtar, senior social development specialist Shankkarnarayan and World Bank social development specialist SH Samaji.
The Chief Minister said the State Government has attached priority to poverty alleviation and Government of India would be apprised of the good results of the project.
Chouhan complemented the World Bank and officials of the Rural Development Department for achievements under the project. The Chief Minister said procedures and methods applied in implementation of this project would be adopted in another poverty alleviation related projects also. He hoped that the second phase of the project would be sanctioned and it would be replicated in entire State.
World Bank representative Martin Wan Nieucoop said he was happy with the independent survey report on implementation of the DPIP in Madhya Pradesh and he would recommend sanctioning of the second phase for the State. He said better results were attributable to the training of the groups constituted under the project and the better available resources.
Principal secretary Pradeep Bhargawa said assistance for agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, rural industries and commercial activities was provided to groups constituted under the project. According to the independent survey, the income of members of these groups has increased by 65 per cent over the last five years.
This income is far more than the income of villagers who are not members of these groups. A sum of Rs 430.30 crore has been spent so far under the project launched in 2001 in the State. The total cost of the project is Rs 521.55 crore. The project is being implemented in 2,902 villages of 53 blocks of 14 backward districts including Chhatrapur, Damoh, Guna, Narsinghpur, Panna, Rajgarh, Rewa, Raisen, Sidhi, Shajapur, Sagar, Shivpuri, Tikamgarh and Vidisha.