Maya govt hikes allocation for Ambedkar villages
Tue, Feb 23 06:17 AM
Renewing the focus on Dalits once again, the Mayawati government has
raised the amount to be spent for providing basic facilities in
Dalit-dominated villages under the Dr Ambedkar Gram Sabha Vikas Yojna
from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 50 lakh.
The amount can even be raised to Rs 70 lakh on the recommendation made
by the district magistrates and divisional commissioners, depending
upon the requirement of work.
In the upcoming financial year, as many as 2,224 villages will be
developed as Ambedkar villages and provided amenities like roads,
drains, toilets, power, drinking water, health facilities and houses.
According to officials, the development fund had been raised so that
roads can be constructed to connect the hamlets with the main village.
Balvinder Kumar, Principal Secretary of Ambedkar Gram Sabha Vikas
department, said: "Rural Engineering Services and Public Works
Department have been directed to survey the selected villages and send
their estimates by March 15 so that funds can be released on time and
the development work can begin from April 1."
A minimum of 15 villages in every district which were covered by the
scheme in 1995-96 and 1997-98 have been selected once again to be
developed under the new guidelines of the scheme.
"These villages lack amenities like cement-concrete roads and drains
for which there is a provision in the new guidelines," said Kumar. The
funds received from the Central government under the National Rural
Employment Guarantee Act will also be used to develop the Ambedkar
Express News Service
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