With the aim of giving a fillip to development schemes in tribal and backward regions, mostly affected by Naxal violence, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Friday approved the commencement of an Integrated Action Plan (IAP) in 60 selected tribal and backward districts.The IAP would be given as an additional central assistance scheme on 100 per cent grant basis. It is aimed at quick resolution of problems concerning healthcare, drinking water, education and roads.
In 2010-11 alone, each of the 60 districts will be given a block grant of Rs. 25 crore, with the total coming to a whopping Rs. 1500 crore. In 2011-12, the grant will go up to Rs. 30 crore each.
Schemes would be decided by a committee, headed by the district collector. The superintendent of police and district forest officer would be its members.
The IAP would focus on improvements in governance and the States would have to comply with specific preconditions before availing of the second tranche of the proposed additional financial assistance in 2011-12 under the State component of the IAP. However, these conditionalities would not apply to the district components of the IAP, according to the CCEA decision.The scheme would focus on effective implementation of the Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA) and the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (Forest Rights Act). While the district component would be administered by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, the State component will be administered by the Planning Commission.
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