VELLORE:The Ministry of Rural Development, while monitoring the phase two of the Intensive Participatory Planning Exercise survey being conducted from the month of October in the blocks of Alangayam, Kandili, Natrampalli and Timiri blocks covering 149 villages has appealed to the village panchayats to utilise the ongoing exercise to provide 100 days of employment to the rural poor under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in their respective villages.
The communication and advocacy officer who is also a consultant to the Ministry of Rural Development, S Ajay Kumar, who visited Vellore district on Friday said that the survey is based on the population in the deprived sections of people in 55,774 households.
Dr Manohara Singh, Project director of the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) said that the objective of the survey was to address the multi-dimensional poverty situation in the rural areas in congruence with objectives of other four major programmes of National Rural Livelihood Mission (sustainable livelihood enhancements and improved access to financial services), Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (transform India’s demographic surplus into a demographic dividend by developing skills of rural youth), National Social Assistance Programme (ensuring minimum national standard for social assistance) and Indira Awaas Yojana (housing for the rural poor) being implemented in the district.
“The survey aims to focus on convergent planning for all rural development programmes,” he added.
During their visit, the Ministry of Rural Development officials inspected the villages on the survey. On Thursday, they visited Manthangal, Melnelli, Chenna Samuthiram of Timiri block where they commenced the survey while inspecting the ongoing survey at Chenna Samuthram village.
On Friday they participated in the village meeting at Koyanji village and finalized the labour budget for the year 2016-17. They received feedback from villagers during the survey at Eklaspuram in Natrampalli block and Pallipattu in Alangyam block. The feedback from the villagers will be submitted to the ministry shortly.