Gujarat ranks among the top three states for utilising Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) assistance of Rs 10,297 crore provided so far by NABARD,a top official said here today.
“Off the total RIDF assistance of Rs 10,297 crore to the Government of Gujarat,28 per cent has been utilised by Gujarat Water Supply and Sewage Board and 24 per cent by Roads and Building department,” CGM NABARD H R Dave said.
“The remaining amount has been utilised by Health and Family Welfare Department,Women and Child Development and Agriculture and Cooperation department,” he said.
The financial support has been extended for major infrastructure projects of the state in irrigation like Narmada canal,Saurasthra canal and its distribution network and check dams.
One of the major programme of state government supported under RIDF was the construction of 29,689 check dams in various districts of the state,an official statement said.
“About 75 per cent of check dams have been completed resulting in increased irrigation area benefits,” Dave said.
First time under RIDF,NABARD has sanctioned an underground drainage projects involving laying of pipelines,manholes and construction of effluent treatment plants in 84 talukas spread across 25 districts of the state,he said.
The total loan assistance sanctioned for this project is Rs 367.96 crore. It is expected to benefit a population of around 9.18 lakh. The project is slated to get completed by March,2014,Dave said.
RIDF,was instituted by Government of India(GoI) in NABARD during 1995-96 with an objective to lend to the state governments so as to enable them complete the on-going rural infrastructure projects.
Over the last 16 years,the fund corpus has grown upto Rs 1,60,000 crore and disbursements have crossed Rs 1,00,000 crore,a statement said.