Manmohan to evaluate Bharat Nirman

New Delhi, March 23 | Updated: Mar 24 2006, 05:30am hrs
Eight months after its implementation, the performance of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governments flagship programme Bharat Nirman will be evaluated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a meeting of the National Rural Infrastructure Committee on Monday.

He will also examine the future plans of the ministries and departments involved in the programme.

The programme launched last fiscal envisages infrastructure development in six core areas including irrigation, rural connectivity, rural housing, drinking water supply, rural electrification and rural telephone connectivity. Allocation to the programme was hiked by an impressive 54% in 2006-07 to Rs 18,696 crore against an allocation of Rs 12,160 crore in the previous fiscal.

The meeting on Monday will focus on rural electrification, irrigation and rural telephone. Discussions on enlarging the goal under Bharat Nirman for rural telephones to include rural teledensity and knowledge connectivity is on the agenda.

The power and water resources secretaries are expected to give presentations in their respected areas. Discussions on meeting the goals under rural electrification and irrigation will also take place.