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Collectors ordered to implement master plans in all 50,982 villages of Madhya Pradesh

BHOPAL: Concretising the concept of decentralised planning, Madhya Pradesh has prepared master plans of all its 50,982 villages and issued directives to all collectors for implementation of these master plans.

A resolution to this effect was passed in Madhya Pradesh Assembly. The collectors have been asked to chalk out district plans for year 2015-16 and to give top priority to works suggested by the villagers, failing which their plans would not be sanctioned.

A huge exercise was taken up to prepare master plans of all the villages. Over 1.95 crore villagers, 1250 voluntary institutions, over 50,000 public representatives, 10,400 technical support teams and 62,400 field staff actively participated in its preparation. Priority has been given to providing basic amenities like drinking water, all weather roads, education and health facilities and food security in the master plans.

Planning, Economics and Statistics department has ensured necessary action to accelerate the entire process of implementing village master plans this year. Directives issued to districts focus on planning as well as implementation. The process will be continued and year 2015-16 will be observed as Implementation Year to achieve cent percent the targets.

A programme and time table have been sent to the collectors for chalking out district plans for year 2015-16. Many of the activities demanded by the community in the village master plans have not been sanctioned by various concerning departments.

The directives said that in view of this situation no new community demands should be included in the district plan for year 2015-16 and already sanctioned activities should, instead, be executed.

The technical support teams should undertake village level visits of planning units like before during the process of planning for year 2015-16. This year no new community demands should be added and the activities already demanded by the community should be discussed with the people and after sanctioning them status of their implementation as well as remaining activities should be validated. Priorities should be re-ordered and dovetailed in the schemes of concerning departments.

The collectors have been asked to review implementation of the works included in the master plans at their weekly time limit meetings. As per prescribed procedure under their own guidance get it approved by the planning units like Gram Sabha/Nagariya Ward etc. After preparing a draft integrated district plan it should be entered on the website of the Planning Commission by October 25, 2014.

The state government has further directed that implementation of all approved activities of the village master plans should be completed during the current fiscal itself. Implementation of already sanctioned works should be reviewed and completed at the earliest possible.