Srinagar, June 14: Expressing serious concern over non-implementation of decisions taken in District Development Board (DDB) meetings across the state, the CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Friday said that in the absence of a political will, these meetings have lost meaning and have been virtually turned into a ritual.
He said there is no doubt that most of the times many important decisions vis-à-vis development of the districts are taken in these meetings but the lack of a proper follow-up restricts these decisions to mere paperwork.
He said many important decisions taken in the Board meetings are not implemented and that is why the development schemes do not reach the people on the ground. Referring to various schemes like MGNREGA, IAY, PMGSY, Tarigami said projects undertaken under these heads were not completed in stipulated time and the fiscal and financial targets proposed in these meetings didnt yield the desired results.
The CPI (M) leader said the district plan allocations have not been increased as has been sought by the Members of the Legislative Assembly from time to time. He said the allocation under state plan may have been increased to a certain level, no significant increment has been made in district plans.
One does not know the present status of the high level committee headed by the chief secretary which was proposed to be constituted to review status of implementation of the decisions taken in the district board meetings across the state? he remarked.
Stating that the district development boards were set up under the concept of single-line administration as the decentralisation has a pivotal position in the structure of governance, the CPI (M) leader said it was unfortunate that district allocations were deemed so insignificant that these important institutions have been rendered futile.
He said district boarsd were meant to formulate and analyse the plan and non-plan budget, lay down the policy guidelines for the block development councils and Panchayats and coordinate poverty and employment generation but unfortunately there has been hardly any serious effort from the government to financially empower these boards.
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