The Ministry of Rural Development in a statement about the progress of rural development schemes recently said that Centrally sponsored schemes of Ministry of Rural Development are running satisfactorily.
Under Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) against the annual target of 21,27,165 dwelling units, 5,67,905 units have been constructed till September, 2008. Under the Swarn Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) against the annual target of 1762670, Swarozgaris assitance was provided to 456610 Swarozgaris during the period being reported upon. Under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), a total of 482642 Mandays (in lakhs) were generated/ works were completed against the annual target of 9997. Similarly works ongoing (in number)/Works Undertaken stood at 1771621, against the annual target of 1288979 during the period. The National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD),Hyderabad conducted 48 Training Programs up to September, 2008 against the annual target of 320. Similarly, 670 Training Programs were conducted by the State Institutes of Rural Development (SIRDs).
In order to speed up the pace of various ongoing schemes, the Ministry of Rural Development had earmarked INR 5645.77 crore for Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), INR 1.50 crore for Rural Building Centres/ Innovative Stream of Rural Housing and habitat, INR 2000 crore for the Swarn Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), INR 19.00 crore for IEC activities, INR 15939.60 crore for National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), INR 50 crore for Assistance to Council for Advancement of People's Action & Technology (CAPART), INR 24 crore to National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), INR 30.00 crore to Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Area (PURA) and INR 14,530 for the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) till September,2008 during the current financial year.