Maharashtra plans to replicate Gujarat model to implement schemes for tribals

Mumbai: Maharashtra government is likely to adopt the Gujarat model of ensuring effective implementation of schemes for Adivasis (tribals). Gujarat has a successful pattern of implementing schemes by assigning responsibilities to secretaries of concerned departments. This steering committee headed by Chief Minister takes review of budget allocation and utilisation of funds after every six months.

An official from tribal department said the budget of tribal department is around Rs 6,000 crore, but the secretary and the minister of tribal development department alone have no control to spend allocation as other departments has schemes for tribal area and they ask fund from tribal development department.

“Child and welfare, public health, food and civil supply, social justice, public works and school education are other than tribal departments which are related to welfare of tribal. So, when health department wants to upgrade Primary Health Centres or to implement health scheme, they wanted fund from our department. Child and welfare department seek fund from us for eradication of malnutrition problem,” said the official.

He added, “Though we contribute fund for every welfare schemes that are implemented in tribal area. But, we do not have control over spending of our fund by other departments. On the contrary, in case of death of children due to malnutrition, we were held responsible for it. No other department are ready to take responsibilities of implementation of scheme for tribal and hence, we are planning to follow Gujarat pattern,” he said.

In Gujarat, there are two separate committees – first one headed by Chief Minister which consists chief secretary of the state and all other secretaries of concern departments. This committee meets after every six months, discuss about schemes to be implemented and fund to be distributed from the budget of tribal department.

Chief secretary heads another implementation committee which meets after every three months and takes review of the schemes and the fund utilised by various departments. This committee is bound to inform Chief Minister about the progress of the schemes. “As the CM has direct control over implementation of schemes, no secretary dares to ignore the schemes,” the official said.

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