Too many schemes spoil welfare plot for UP’s Rohanpara
Recall the narrative about how the village, with a population of little over 3,000, where over 100 welfare schemes are being run, continues to be a spectacle of underdevelopment and subhuman living conditions.
Speaking to local government officials, FE found that the reason for the disastrous performance of central and state-level schemes at the grassroot level is a lack of convergence of schemes with similar objectives, very limited authority given to district officials and poor monitoring due to the massive number of schemes with very small outlays.
“There is a lack of coordination at the local level. There are many schemes that if converged at the local level can be implemented in a better way. Schemes such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, midday meal scheme, Total Sanitation Campaign and Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission are connected in the some way or the other,” said a block development officer (BDO) of Ambedkar Nagar district administration, asking not to be named.
Officials at the district level concede that too many schemes, most of them having as as little an outlay as Rs 15,000 for a village, are difficult to implement, let alone monitor. “It is not easy for the BDO to keep an effective vigil on the proper execution of such a number of schemes,” Harishankar Singh,
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