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UP scores low in plan panel report

india Updated: Jun 16, 2011 22:50 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times
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A year before assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Planning Commission has ranked the state poorly on performance of 12 major flagship schemes of the Central government.

The new analysis is likely to provide Congress ammunition against the Mayawati government on UP for not been able to utilize the Central government funds effectively.

The new ranking, which is the part of annual state plan report for 2011-12, finds UP at the bottom of the table on most social sector schemes such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), mid-day meal, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Kishan Vikas Yojana. The report will be discussed with UP government officials on Monday.

In MGNREGA, the world’s biggest job security scheme, UP ranks 29th on women participation in the scheme. The Central government has told the states that half of the jobs to be given under the scheme should be women. But, in UP only 15.28 % of the total workforce were women in last financial year.

The UP had also been found wanting on providing mid-day meal to all school children in the state with just over 80 % getting daily lunch. As per the scheme, every child in the school till upper primary level should get free lunch.

In case of implementing the largely successful Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, the plan panel had found the state wanting in filling up vacant posts of teachers and in providing free text books to children. Of the sanctioned posts, only 90 % were filled and 95 % target of distribution of text books were met.

For implementing National Rural Health Mission, the state has been ranked 15 with the panel finding state record on infant and maternal mortality rate higher than that of India for 2011. The infant mortality rate was 63 as against 50 for 1,000 live births in India and 440 as compared to 254 for India.

Similarly performance on integrated child development scheme (ICDS) has not been good with around half of the children below six years of age being undernourished.

But, one sector where UP has done well is construction and upgradation of rural roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana with the ranking among top five states of the country.

Points denied

MGNREGA: Only 15.28% of the total workforce were women last financial year

Sarva Siksha Abhiyan: Of the sanctioned posts of teachers, only 90% were filled and 95% target of distribution of text books were met

National Rural Health Mission: Ranked 15 in the nation in infant and maternal mortality rate

Mid-day Meal: Only 80% school children getting daily lunch.