IN AN effort to make its parliamentarians get involved in implementation of the schemes funded by the Centre, the BJP Tuesday asked party MPs to ensure that district-level committees headed by the local MPs are formed before August 13 and that the panels meet at least four times a year.
At the parliamentary party meeting attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, the MPs were asked to closely monitor the projects and ensure that the poor get benefits from them.
Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar briefed the members about the committees.
The government had earlier announced that the District Infrastructure Scheme Advisory (DISHA) committee, headed by sitting Lok Sabha MPs, will monitor nearly 70 centrally funded schemes that are in operation. The committee will have the district collector, block development officers and Panchayat representatives on its board
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar spoke about the various pending Bills. Jaitley explained that the government will put Opposition Congress’s demands on GST before the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers and wait for its response. He also spoke briefly about the Debt Recovery Tribunal Act, which is meant to help banks in debt recovery and improving ease of doing business.
Amending Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (Sarfaesi) Act is among the objectives of the law.
Ananth Kumar, who is also Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers, spoke about a new fertiliser plant in Gorakhpur, UP. He said the Rs 6,000 crore plant would ensure adequate supply of fertiliser for farmers in the state. Briefing the media, Kumar said the government is keen that the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill (CAMPA) and Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill are passed in the coming days.
Kumar said five Bills have been passed in Lok Sabha and two in Rajya Sabha so far in the ongoing Monsoon Session.