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Azad flags off Bharat Nirman Information campaign

Written by: Staff

Kishtwar Aug 29 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has flagged off the first ever Bharat Nirman Public Information campaign here, saying it would improve the socio-economic status of common people, particulary backward and marginalised sections throughout the country.

Inaugrating the six-day campaign at Chowghan parade ground yesterday, the Chief Minister said various programmes including employment, health, education, rural infrastructure, urban renewal and provision of legal framework for access to information about functioning of all public authorities have been launched under the Centre sponsored Bharat Nirman Yojna in the country.

Mr Azad asked the people to approach the state administration at district, tehsil, block and panchayat level to get information about the allocations and subsequent release made by the Central government.

Terming the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme a bold step by the Central government to efface poverty from rural India, he said Rs 100 crore were available under the scheme for district Doda, which is in addition to the state's district budget of Rs 97 crore meant for water supply, health care, infrastructure development and other works.

He said main provision of the act provides 100 days of employment in a financial year to rural people and one third beneficiaries of it have to be preferably women.

The Chief Minister said additional funds to the tune of Rs 10,041 crore has been given to the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan for the year 2006-7.

He said efforts would be made to improve overall education system in the state as all villages would have their own schools.

Talking about the mid-day meal scheme, Mr Azad said comprehensive measures are under way to ensure that meals for the school children reach the targetted beneficiaries.

He, however, urged people to help implementation of the scheme and bring any irregularity to the notice of the state administration.

For implementation of the National Rural Health Mission scheme, meant to provide health care facilities to the people in backward, remote and marginalised rural areas, one social health activist has been selected for each six thousand villages of the state.

Talking about Right to Information Act 2005, he said the Act was enacted to curb corruption in the state.


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