Village panels to operate DPIP fund
VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT Committees (VDCs) constituted under District Poverty Initiative Project (DPIP) would operate and manage the Apana Kosh set up as part of a strategy of rural development in Madhya Pradesh.india Updated: May 26, 2006 13:34 IST
VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT Committees (VDCs) constituted under District Poverty Initiative Project (DPIP) would operate and manage the Apana Kosh set up as part of a strategy of rural development in Madhya Pradesh.
Over 800 committees have already been constituted to provide common platform to the Common Interest Groups (CIGs) constituted under DPIP and to strengthen village-level economic activity as well as to manage the Apana Kosh – the fund pool formed under the project.
The process of transferring the amount of Apana Kosh to these committees has already started. Office-bearers of the committees are being imparted training for capacity-building.
This information was given to members of a World Bank (WB) team visiting six villages of Narsinghpur district. Led by WB Task Manager Martin Van Newcoop, team members saw the income generating activities taken up by CIGs under the project and the improvement in their living standards. They also witnessed the working style of the committees, management of Apana Kosh and transactions.
The team members expressed happiness that the income of people in project villages had increased.At tribal village Majani, residents Dabbal Singh and Kulkar informed the team that earlier they subsisted on stolen wood from nearby forests, but now they protect them. Over 250 acres of fallow land has been made agricultural in the village in past three years under the project.
This year, 900 quintals of wheat and gram has been produced. A sum of Rs 22 lakh has been provided to 31 groups at this village. Drinking water arrangements have also been made with help of the project.
At village Gaurtala, the team went over the registers, insurance papers, cashbooks and meeting registers of the groups and apprised themselves of processes of audit and utilisation certificates. They observed the activities of ten CIGs at the village.
They saw the school building and boundary wall constructed under the project. At village Bichhua, the team talked to women members of CIG and met office-bearers of the Village Development Committee. Members of these committees of ten nearby villages were present at the meeting.