New scheme launched for 1000 poor villages

December 6, 2012 by  
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At present the scheme is being implemented in Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

Indian villagersNew Delhi, December 5, 2012: The federal government yesterday announced a special welfare scheme for poor villages of tribal and low caste people, but a Church official is skeptical about its successful implementation. The scheme is “a welcome step though I am afraid it might only be on paper,” said Fr Stanislaus Tirkey, secretary of Indian Catholic bishops’ office for tribal people.

The government launched ‘Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Garm Yojana’ (prime minster’s village program) for integrated development of 1000 villages that have more than 50 percent people belonging to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled tribe. The scheme aims to ensure the integrated development of these villages primarily, through convergent implementation of existing Central and State Schemes.

The government also plans to spend 2 million rupees per village on an average, with states expected to provide a matching contribution to help develop these villages. At present the scheme is being implemented in Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

The targets under the Scheme are expected to be achieved within three years, P. Balram Naik, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment said in parliament according to an official press release.

“The government has always been high on rhetoric and low on implementation, the Jesuit priest said.

Mukti Prakash Tirkey, editor of a weekly on tribal affairs published in New Delhi, said “though it is too late, any step toward tribal development was welcome.” Some of these groups are on the “verge of extinction” and the government will have to take immediate remedial steps, he said.

Laws are there but for lack of political will, these don’t see the light of the day, regretted Shanti Beck, a tribal women leader. She said tribals prefer to remain in their habitats, amenities like health centers, free ration and the like should be provided there.

Fr Tirkey also agreed that the tribals socio-economic securities should be ensured first. “They should not be sacrificed in the name of common good.”

– ucan

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