Collectors of naxal- hit districts get more fiscal freedom

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 08:31 AM IST
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OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL The district collectors of nine naxal- affected districts in the state have been allowed to spend money without completing official formalities under the Integrated Action Plan ( IAP) being implemented by the state government to combat the naxal problem. All the nine districts border the naxalinfested Chhattisgarh.

According to sources, the state government has given free hand to the collectors of the nine districts to initiate work in 60 development blocks in the districts without completing official formalities.

They have been asked to prepare the action plans keeping in mind the priority of the residents of the villages. Works which cannot be taken up under any other government scheme, can now be launched by the district collectors without adhering to finance departments guidelines.

They will follow the directives given under the IAP. Every district will be allotted Rs 55 crore for the purpose.

A senior officer in the state planning commission, pleading anonymity, said that districts bordering Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra were lagging behind in development. The districts have a hilly terrain and government officers do not seem to be taking adequate interest in developmental works. That is one reason why naxal activities were on the rise.

The Integrated Action Plan ( IAP) is a Government of India scheme meant to curb naxal activities. The Madhya Pradesh government has now decided to implement it on a priority basis.

All nine bordering districts of the state will get Rs 440 crores over the next two years. Special Cell officers say that action plan has been drawn up for all the nine districts.

In most of the places, roads, aaganwadis and some other works having a direct bearing on the daily life of the villagers are to be taken up.

In the first phase, the work of construction and maintenance of roads will be taken up. It will be completed within a fixed time frame.

The district collectors have been authorised to fix the deadlines.

It is learnt that the state Chief Secretary has explicitly asked the district collectors of the nine districts that works which might be completed under other government schemes, should not be taken up under IAP. The funds to be sanctioned under the IAP should be utilised for works that cannot be completed under the government schemes.

The district collectors will have a free hand as far as making expenses go but they will have to take the approval of the Special Area Cell.

Integrated Action Plan of State Government to combat naxal problem

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