Implementation of Twenty Point Programme Should get Focused Attention-Jaiswal
The Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation Sriprakash Jaiswal today complemented the states for effective implementation of the Twenty Point Programme-2006 of the Central government. Inaugurating the review meeting of the Twenty Point Programme-2006 programme aimed socio-economic development of the country under which schemes like poverty eradication, food security, housing for all, women welfare and social security are run, the minister said that out of 19 parameters monitored on the monthly basis, excepting a few, the performance of most of them have been very good.
Some of these parameters are- SC families assisted, habitation covered for quality of water supply, houses constructed under Indira Awas Yojana.
Calling upon the nodal Central ministries to provide all support to states for improvement in the performance in these schemes, the minister complimented Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Uttarakhand for working hard to achieve the targets. He said some States including West Bengal, Assam. Bihar,Sikkim, Mizozoram, and Chattisgarh need to improve further. He said these states should focus attention to the proper implementation of the programmes and schemes covered under TPP so that the performance of these schemes is improved and desired benefits are passed to the deserving citizens.
Mr. Jaiswal said Monitoring Committees should be set up at State, district and block level and their meetings held at regular intervals to ensure extensive monitoring of the welfare programmes being taken up under TPP – 2006. The Minister also drew attention of the implementing agencies to the variation observed between information provided by States and by Central nodal ministries and wanted corrective measures to be taken to ensure creation of credible information.
The Twenty Point Programme, as you all aware, was started in 1975 by the then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi. The objective of the Twenty Point Programme has been to improve the living standard of the poor and down-trodden sections of our society. The emphasis has also been in streamlining production, procurement and distribution of essential commodities, implementation of agricultural land ceiling and distribution of surplus land, development of handloom sector, workers’ association in industry, apprenticeship scheme to enlarge employment and training etc.
The TPP has been restructured thrice since its inception in 1975 primarily because of introduction of new schemes and programmes by Government of India from time to time and also that some of the schemes/programmes having achieved their targets are no more required for monitoring. The first revision was held in 1982 and the second in 1986. The third and last revision took place in 2006. The restructured programme is called Twenty Point Programme – 2006. TPP – 2006 consists of various pro-poor schemes and schemes/programmes for the common man with focus on poverty alleviation, employment generation especially in rural areas, housing, education, family welfare and health, protection of environment and others. About 35 schemes and programmes covered under TPP – 2006 are being administered by different Administrative Ministries/Departments of Government of India. Yet, as I said rather, these schemes and programmes, being for the benefit of the poor, have been kept under TPP for special monitoring by the Ministry.