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Madhya Pradesh creates history by chalking out master plans for 51,000 villages

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has received national level Platinum Skoch Award for excellent initiative towards de-centralised planning. The award was conferred recently by Union Minister of Steel and Mines Narendra Singh Tomar to Additional Chief Secretary Planning, Economics and Statistics Ajita Vajpayee Pandey. Pandey presented the award to Planning, Economics and Statistics Minister Jayant Malaiya on Monday.

Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country to have prepared master plans of all its 50,982 villages concretizing the concept of decentralized planning. A resolution to this effect was passed in Madhya Pradesh Assembly.

The beauty of village master plans is that works to be taken up in villages are decided by villagers themselves and departments only respond. Earlier, works were decided by departments. Village master plans have also created a sense of pride and ownership. The state government has issued directives to all district collectors for implementation of these master plans. They have also been asked to chalk out district plans for year 2015-16. It has been directed 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 it. Priority has been given to providing basic amenities especially drinking water, all weather roads, education and health facilities and food security in the master plans.

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.