BHUBANESWAR: The Centre will soon constitute District Development and Monitoring Committees (DDMCs) for coordination among elected representatives for implementation of welfare schemes.
The Centre has circulated a draft proposal among the State governments for their opinion. Sources in Panchayati Raj department said Members of Parliament, State Legislatures and elected rural and urban bodies will be members of the DDMCs. The DDMCs will help in better coordination among the representatives for a more time-bound and efficient development of districts.
The Centre, in a letter to the Panchayati Raj department, said as a large number of welfare schemes and infrastructure projects are being implemented across the country, the need for proper coordination among elected representatives is required.
The letter stated that coordination among elected representatives with Government functionaries responsible for the projects will speed up their implementation.
The DDMC rules have been drafted after consultation between the Ministries of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation. The three Ministries are responsible for implementation of a large number of projects in rural areas including provision of drinking water, construction of rural roads and other such projects.
Official sources maintained that the State Government will submit its opinion after consultation with the elected representatives. A seminar is likely to be convened by the State Government in this regard.
The existing District Vigilance and Monitoring Committees (DVMCs) has almost become non-functional as these panels hardly meet. Besides, DVMCs also don’t have importance in the present scheme of things. The DVMCs are headed by MPs. Sources said DDMCs are likely to replace the DVMCs after their constitution.
A large number of initiatives in infrastructure development and social sectors requires coordination among all the elected representatives at all levels. Absence of such consultations create hurdles and delay implementation of infrastructure projects for years.