Union panchayat and rural development minister,Jairam Ramesh,on Tuesday advised the state government to carefully prepare the BPL list so that projects could reach the actual beneficiaries.
The BPL census in the state is scheduled to begin next week. The minister,who is in the state on a three-day visit to inspect the implementation of the Centrally sponsored schemes,Tuesday visited Bankura one of the 78 Maoist infested district in the country.
In Bankura,he had a meeting with the district magistrate and the block development officers at the Circuit House and reviewed the implementation of the Centrally sponsored schemes meant for the development of rural areas.
He later announced that a project worth Rs 2,000 crore has been taken up by the Centre to supply safe drinking water to all villages in Bankura. Of the total fund,Rs 1000 crore has been sanctioned in the first phase.
Emphasising on faster implementation of MNREGS in Bankura,the minister has asked the state government to engage development officers and junior engineers to monitor implementation of the scheme which was launched to eradicate rural poverty.
Issues arising out of the Left-wing militancy in rural pockets can only be handled through political activities and developmental works,he remarked. This problem can not be addressed through gun power. Ramesh said each of the three Maoist affected districts in West Bengal will get Rs 30 crore per year for several developmental activities like improvement of conditions of road,irrigation etc. More emphasis would be given so that people from BPL category get the benefit of MNREGS.
The minister has asked the state government to emphasise on development of rural poor and people belonging to tribal communities because they are the prime target of the Maoists.