The state Panchayat and Rural development department has decided to hold meetings with senior officials posted in the districts to take stock of the ongoing projects and overcome the problems, if any, in the presence of the minister Subrata Mukherjee.
Mukherjee will hold a meeting in Jalpaiguri on Tuesday. Senior departmental officials working
in Cooch Behar, Malda, South and North Dinajpur, Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, along with the district magistrate and sabadhipati will attend the meeting.
A similar meeting will be held in Alipurduar, the newly-formed district, from July 27.
It may be recalled that the Chief Minister has held 130 administrative review meetings from 2011 till
date and the meetings have helped expedite work and give on the spot solutions to many problems.
Mukherjee had met the officials of Birbhum, Burdwan, Bankura, Purulia and Murshidabad on July 19.
On July 22, a meeting was held in New Town, which was attended by the officials from Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas, West and East Midnapore, and Nadia.
The district magistrates have been asked to give a presentation on the ongoing projects under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), Nirmal Bangla, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
Once the meetings in all districts will be over, the department will give a guideline which the districts will follow for timely completion of the projects.
Under the MGNREGA, several schemes and welfare projects have been taken up that have helped thousands of people to become self-reliant. Several women in Nadia are earning an income and have become financially stable by fish cultivation. The scheme to prevent soil erosion by planting vetiver grass on 700-odd km along the banks of six rivers is a major project under MGNREGA. Beggars in Bankura have become self-reliant through orchard plantation. The newly-adopted Sukanyashri project, for helping girl children, is a unique scheme under the MGNREGA.
It may be recalled that a team from the Rural Development ministry had visited some districts a month ago and had praised the efforts. Nadia has become the first open defecation-free (ODF) district in the country and Hooghly too will be ODF soon. The manufacturing of bricks from fly ash has gained popularity and many self-help groups have generated income as a result.