Farmers at work in a Saranda village
Jamshedpur, Sept. 9: Kolhan commissioner Avinesh Kumar today reviewed the Saranda Development Plan (SDP) to assess progress of various schemes in the run up to Union minister for rural development Jairam Ramesh’s proposed visit to the area on September 12.
“The progress of development schemes being implemented in Saranda is satisfactory. I hope the work continues at the same pace and spirit and we can achieve our goals on time,” the Kolhan commissioner told The Telegraph.
West Singhbhum deputy commissioner K. Srinivasan, superintendent of police Pankaj Kamboj, divisional forest officer of south Chaibasa and SDP nodal officer S.R. Natesh, divisional forest officer of Saranda K.K. Tiwary and block development officer of Manoharpur Sanjay Pandey, among others, attended the review.
The plan is being implemented in 56 villages of Manoharpur block in West Singhbhum.
According to the SDP nodal officer, the main thrust of the review was progress in implementing the Indira Awas Yojana, digging of tube-wells and construction of roads.
“Of the 6,000 beneficiaries, 5,987 have already opened accounts in various banks for availing the benefits of the housing scheme. The attempt is on to facilitate the remaining 113 beneficiaries,” said Natesh.
The nodal officer said of the 199 tube-wells proposed, 111 were already in place. The remaining 88 tube-wells could not be set up as there were no motorable roads to carry drilling equipment to the earmarked villages.
“As the main purpose behind providing tube-wells in these villages was to solve the drinking water problem, we will dig wells in the remaining 88 villages,” said Natesh.
Speaking about roads, the official said that in all 12 roads were to be constructed in Saranda, but pace of work had been hampered due to the rainy season. “So far, work on only three roads have started,” he said.
The nodal officer added work had also been affected by the fact that the post of BDO, Manoharpur had been vacant for a long time.