An outlay of Rs 12 crore has been allotted under the Integrated Action Plan for creation of basic infrastructure in rural areas affected by left wing extremism here in the current financial year. At a high-level meeting here on Friday, Collector Yamini Sarangi approved the IAP outlay and entrusted officers from departments concerned to implement the projects within a stipulated time period. A Centrally sponsored scheme, IAP has been envisaged to attract youth and to uplift them by providing livelihood through developmental programs.
As per the outlay, a ‘Gramya Haat’ will be set up in every block of the district to provide market linkage to rural skilled artisans. Funds of Rs 10 lakh has been earmarked for the purpose.
This apart, Rs 1 crore will be utilised to construct 10 sheds in Maoist-affected Raighar, Umerkote and Jharigam blocks which will be used by farmers to keep their produce safely. Likewise, 10 godowns will be constructed in 10 blocks and Rs 1.20 crore will be spent on this.
To improve the health sector, solar power systems will be installed in 15 rural health centres at the cost of Rs 14 lakh for uninterrupted power supply. Besides to provide connectivity concrete roads will be constructed to these health centers.
Five water tankers will be provided for people of five blocks and for this Rs 40 lakh will be spent during the current year. As some of rural pockets experience frequent power cuts, Rs 3.9 crore has been earmarked to carry out electrification works.
District Collector, Sarangi, while directing the irrigation department officials to ensure uninterrupted water supply to agricultural lands, sanctioned Rs 3.7 crore for renovating 39 defunct lift point projects in the district.
Eight common utility centres will also be constructed with an expenditure of `40 lakh in Raighar, Umerkote and Jharigam blocks.