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CM: Ensure greater public participation

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has given instructions to ensure greater public participation in the Madhya Pradesh Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The scheme would be launched in 18 districts of the State from February 2.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 12:26 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has given instructions to ensure greater public participation in the Madhya Pradesh Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The scheme would be launched in 18 districts of the State from February 2.

The Chief Minister would launch the scheme from Mandla district. The districts to be covered include Mandla, Khandwa, Balaghat, Shahdol, Dhar, Jhabua, Betul, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Khargone, Umaria, Sidhi, Shyopur, Shivpuri, Badwani, Seoni, Dindori and Satna.

Addressing a high-level meeting of principal secretaries of the departments involved in implementation of the scheme and the collectors of the concerning districts in the State capital today, he said there would not be any shortage of funds under the scheme.

He asked the collectors to go for detailed and advance planning. He said the State Government would have to pay unemployment allowance in case employment was not ensured to the needy.

Stressing the need for listing the priorities of rural employment generation activities, the Chief Minister gave instructions to concentrate on water conservation works.

This, he said, would generate rural employment and would also make available water conserving structures for future. He gave instructions to renovate the stop dams and tanks that were in bad shape for want of upkeep.

Describing the rural employment guarantee scheme as important step to check migration of rural population for employment, the CM said it would benefit maximum number of rural people. The Gram Sabhas should regularly meet and record of families without employment must be made.

Under the scheme, minimum 100 days employment would be guaranteed to at least one adult member of a poor family. Minister for Panchayat and Rural Development and Public Relations Narendra Singh Tomar, Principal Secretary Rural Development Pradeep Bhargava and collectors concerned were present. Pradeep Bhargava threw light on the preparations. Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahani also gave necessary instructions to the collectors concerned.

First Published: Jan 30, 2006 12:26 IST