Welfare schemes wither away in Rohanpara’s mud huts
Rohanpara represents the state of affairs in at least a part of rural India, despite the substantial scaling-up of budgetary outlays for social sector schemes — the centrally sponsored ones in particular — in recent years, enabled by high growth for several years and the policy of “inclusive growth” adopted by the UPA government.
Why this dichotomy between what the government avowedly wants to achieve and the ground reality? Bureaucratic lethargy in ensuring that the doles reach the intended beneficiaries and the complex administrative structure implementing several schemes are obviously the culprits. The multitude of schemes reducing allocation at the village level to a pittance in many cases, without being able to make any meaningful differences to the lives of the people, is another problem. Hopefully for Rohanpara and such villages in the country, non-government organisations have taken upon themselves the task of helping people avail of the sops, while the officialdom is in a slumber.
People in Rohanpara still live in mud houses, without even proper toilets. This is despite the fact that the
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