Jamshedpur, Dec. 15: PM’s adviser T.K.A. Nair today raised a familiar refrain of expressing dissatisfaction over the tardy implementation of various central schemes that aim to exterminate the effect of left-wing extremism in Jharkhand.
After a round of inspection of villages in East and West Singhbhum districts, Nair told mediapersons that his visit was aimed at finding solutions for speedy execution of the schemes.
“During my visit to villages in the two districts, I got a first-hand experience of how development schemes are being implemented. There are procedural problems and practical difficulties in their execution. We will meet state officials in Ranchi tomorrow and discuss how to overcome the problems,” he added.
Nair called for better co-ordination between the deputy commissioner, the DFO of the twin districts, which abound in forest areas, and the police as a remedy.
Led by Nair, the team including director, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Rajeev Topno, director (Naxalite management), Union ministry of home affairs, Shantanu, and security adviser (Naxalite management), home affairs, Brig DS Dadwal, arrived on a state chopper at Singhbhum Sports Association grounds in Chaibasa at 8.45am.
They kicked off inspection with a review of the Centre’s flagship schemes at Bhaduria village in Chaibasa sadar block of West Singhbhum.
The team visited an anganwadi kendra and a health sub-centre and interacted with residents near a middle school. Sandeep Tiu, a villager, complained about delay in payment to MGNREGS labourers.
This sparked off a barrage of complaints from villagers, starting with delay in issuing ration cards to unavailability of BPL cards and old-age pensions for months.
West Singhbhum DC K. Srinivasan told the media that spot payments would be made to MGNREGS labourers in a five-day cycle.
“Spot payments will be made at every panchayat bhavan for MGNREGS workers after every five days (ideally on Friday) in the district. The payment will be done under the supervision of mukhiyas and video records will be kept, the costs of which will be borne by the administration. This will be done to ensure transparency in payments,” the DC said.
The team then left for Potka block of East Singhbhum district at 11.30am and reached Sardiha village in Tetla panchayat of the block at around 12.30pm and were accompanied by deputy commissioner East Singhbhum Himani Pande and senior superintendent of police Akhilesh Jha.
They took stock of the Sardiha pond constructed under the Centre’s micro-irrigation scheme by the district administration.
The officials interacted with the villagers and asked the deputy commissioner about the number of beneficiaries from the scheme and the area, which would be irrigated from the project. They also suggested for repairing of the cracked peripheries of the pond.
The team members also met the displaced persons of Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) at Talsa village in Potka block of East Singhbhum.
The team then left through road route for Jamshedpur and after a 30 hours visit of Tata Main Hospital accompanied by Tata Steel managing director H.M. Nerurkar and other senior hospital officials left for the district collectorate at around 4.15pm.
The team will meet the chief minister Arjun Munda tomorrow and discuss with the latter the issues so as to ensure the implementation of the schemes in a proper manner.