THE WORLD Bank team that is in the State to review the District Poverty Initiative Project (DPIP) has suggested that village uplift committees – formed under the project should be made more effective and efficient.
The suggestion of the team came during a State-level review meeting and presentation made before the high-level mission team on Friday.
The team was informed that under a well-structured strategy framed for rural development in the State, the responsibility for management and utilisation of Apna Kosh (Our Fund) meant for development of villages had been transferred to the village uplift Committees.
The amount deposited by the village community with Apna Kosh was now Rs 28.80 lakh. Already 2,030 village uplift committees were functional in the State.
The process for transferring the amount deposited with Apna Kosh to these uplift committees has began. The village upift committees are also undertaking work of micro financing. Arrangements for necessary training and giving exposure to village uplift committees to strengthen them have also been made.
The World Bank’s Task Manager, Martin Van Newcoupe alongwith the other members Vishvajit Sen, K Shankar Narayanan, Rina Gupta, Manchand, the State’s Project Coordinator, Dr Ravindra Pastore and Chhattisgarh State Coordinator Dr Jitendra Kumar were also present.
Team members while reviewing the project said work carried out under the District Poverty Initiative Project will be recognised through the village uplift committees.
The Task Manager advocated the empowerment of the uplift committees and expressed satisfaction over the work done in the State.
The Project’s State Coordinator Ravindra Pastore underlined the impact of DPIP in the State saying it has increased self-confidence among poor villagers and also enhanced their decision-making capacity.
He said migration of villagers in search of employment had reduced considerably with increase in regular employment opportunities and their income. Besides, agriculture income has also increased.
A remarkable increase was also registered in areas under irrigation and those where two or three crops per year could be grown.
With the efforts made for organising common interest groups in the form of producer companies and co-operative bodies, small farmers received agricultural inputs including seeds and fertilisers in time and at reasonable rates.
A total of 16 such companies were formed in the 14 districts under the project.