Utilise funds, keep people in loop: Raje to collectors

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje asked district collectors on Thursday to ensure utilisation of funds allocated for welfare schemes.

jaipur Updated: Jun 01, 2017 20:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje, ministers and officers at the collector-SP conference in Jaipur on Thursday. (HT Photo)

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje asked district collectors on Thursday to ensure utilisation of funds allocated for welfare schemes.

Every single penny of the hard-earned money of the public should be used,” Raje said while watching the presentations of departments on the second day of the Collector-SP conference.

She directed collectors to put boards on allotted funds outside gram panchayat buildings. “Villagers will know about the funds allotted to their panchayats; this will bring in transparency in rural development works,” Raje said.

“The state government is running many schemes for the welfare of the poor, backward classes, women, youth and all sections of society; huge amount is being spent from the state exchequer on these schemes.”

Raje wanted Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Development Project (RUIDP) officials to go to districts and hold meetings with in-charge ministers, collectors, firms and public representatives. She directed the officials to make action plans to complete works in their second and third phase.

The chief minister asked collectors to make cities free from polythene and open defecation. She told them to monitor the progress of works on drinking water, sewerage, drainage and of those done under RUIDP, Smart City project and Amrut Mission.

She told officials to meet Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Mukhyamantri Awas Yojana targets on time. Expressing concern over vacant houses made to shift families from slum areas, Raje asked officials to speed up rehabilitation of slum dwellers.

She directed collectors to inspect residential hostels run by the social justice and empowerment department. “Children of those communities that require government help stay in these hostels. Arrangements in these hostels will improve only with inspections.”

In its presentation, the agriculture department said Mukhyamantri Beej Swavalamban scheme will be started for farmers producing quality seeds; the scheme will be first run as a pilot in Kota, Bhilwara and Udaipur agriculture divisions.

The chief minister directed officials to associate more farmers with the scheme. “The requirement of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides should be assessed now for their easy availability to farmers, so that they can get the maximum out of the monsoon season.”

She told collectors to popularise e-nam (national agriculture market) portal, so that farmers get full price for their yields.

She directed collectors to ensure quality of ‘poshahar’ (nutritious food) given to children at anganwari centres.

Social justice and empowerment department additional chief secretary (ACS) Ashok Jain, ACS (urban development) Mukesh Sharma, ACS (rural development and panchayati raj) Sudarshan Sethi, principal secretary (agriculture) Neelkamal Darbari, principal secretary (local self-governance) Manjeet Singh, and secretary (woman and child development) Roli Singh gave presentations on the progress of schemes and future strategies.

Cabinet ministers, chief secretary OP Meena, senior officers and divisional commissioners were present on the occasion.


First Published: Jun 01, 2017 20:24 IST