Plan Panel Asks Govt To Focus On Reducing Migration To Big Cities

New Delhi, Sept 22: | Updated: Sep 23 2003, 05:30am hrs
The Planning Commission has recommended to the Union ministry of urban development to adopt the integrated regional development concept for reducing the migration to big cities.

At a quarterly performance review (QPR) meeting of the department of urban employment & poverty alleviation here on Monday, the Plan panel directed the department to lay focus on employment generation programme of the ongoing schemes.

According to official sources, Commission deputy chairman KC Pant asked the ministry of urban development to issue guidelines to target families below poverty line (BPL). The QPR exercise is part of the policy to properly utilise the Plan funds.

As against an approved outlay of Rs 619 crore for the annual plan for this fiscal, an expenditure of Rs 260.49 (other than internal & extra budgetary allocations), or 42.08 per cent, was incurred during the first quarter. Though expenditure for the corresponding period during 2002-03 was not available, as the QPR exercise has started this year only, the ministry reported an expenditure of Rs 555.1 crore during 2002-03, against an approved outlay of Rs 613.7 crore.

The ministry is implementing programmes such as the Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY), Valmiki-Ambedkar Awas Yojana (VAMBAY) and the Night Shelter Scheme.

In VAMBAY, Rs 135.3 crore were spent in the first quarter, as against Rs 44.2 crore Q1 in 2002-03. In SJSRY, the increase was marginal, from Rs 15 crore in April-June 2002-03 to Rs 15.9 crore in Q1 this year.