‘Priyadarshini’ scheme closed, no work done on ground, says Maneka Gandhi

The idea behind the scheme, the minister said, was to train women to become self sufficient and start Self Help Groups, "but this did not happen."

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: April 28, 2016 5:45 pm
priyadarshini, maneka gandhi, women and child development, women development, ngo Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi. (File)

‘Priyadarshini’, a scheme of the previous UPA government to train women to become self sufficient, has been closed down as it was a “very bad programme” and “absolutely no work” was done on the ground, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said on Thursday.

During the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Gandhi told members that the scheme, which was implemented in seven districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, was reviewed when the Narendra Modi-led NDA government came to power two years ago.

In the review, it was found that there was “absolutely no work on the ground,” she said while informing that the programme was closed on January 31, 2015.

“It was a very bad programme” and did not improve the condition of people as was aimed, the minister said. “Rs 31 crore had been spent with no work on ground. So the ministry decided that what has been wasted was wasted and the rest of the funds were returned,” she said.

“It was found that many of the NGOs were chosen for reasons other than the ability to work on the ground,” she said.

“The entire project had very little to do with women and more to do with people who own the NGOs,” Gandhi said.

The programme had been started by the previous UPA government with assistance from NABARD.

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    Kamalakanta
    Apr 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm
    "“Rs 31 crore had been spent with no work on ground. So the ministry decided that what has been wasted was wasted and the rest of the funds were returned,” lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What the hale the NDA govt done for last 2 years to remove the bottle necks and change functioning system. Rubbish, Inefficient
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      Prof.BhaskarRao Kalluri
      Apr 29, 2016 at 3:10 pm
      Better late than never ,I think there are many more schemes which are to be reviewed and shelved.
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