State schemes to be designed for 125 backward areas

  • Kunal Purohit, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 17, 2016 01:47 IST

The state government has finally realised that one size doesn’t fit all. After finding that its developmental schemes are not percolating to the grass roots, the government has now embarked upon micro-planning, which is a concept involving localised planning, suiting local needs. In a unique move, the government is all set to customise its schemes according to the needs of 125 most poorly-developed talukas in the state.

These include talukas from Thane, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Gondia, Nashik among others. The government has now embarked on a drive to create the country’s first taluka-level human development index (HDI) report.

So far, government schemes have focused on being implemented across these areas, paying little attention to the special needs of any region.

Hence, the HDI report will draw conclusions regarding each taluka’s HDI, which is a measurement of the overall development that citizens have made, especially on social indices.

“We are now looking at the HDI report’s findings and have told the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA) to audit the current schemes’ workings and co-relate the data. We will then increase the efficiency and sharpness of the schemes we run. It is crucial that we ensure more people benefit from them,” said state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.

The government implements 12 schemes in these areas. These are largely in three categories, which are related to education, health and childcare, and income schemes.

The schemes include providing solar lights for schools in areas with no power, ensuring transportation of children to nearest schools, proper health check-ups by pregnant women as well as providing vocational training to women.

However, from implementing all schemes for all regions, the government now wants to ascertain how to spend its monies more effectively. It wants to implement limited schemes, but those which are more needed for the areas. It also plans to add more schemes to the existing lot.

Officials said this customisation was the reason behind preparing a taluka-wise HDI report.

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