IMPHAL: Union Minister of State for Rural Development and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti reviewed the implementation of Centrally sponsored schemes in the state yesterday.
The Union Minister of State is on a two-day visit to the State.
Following presentations on work progress and completion from the relevant department officials, the MoS praised the rural development efforts undertaken in the State by the RD & PR department.
Further during the interaction, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti expressed the need for Aadhar linkage for beneficiaries to avail benefits under government schemes.
Citing National Food Security Act, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said that Aadhar linkage will help beneficiaries in getting rice under NFSA from any place.
She also said that the present government’s focus is to bring the North Eastern States at par with the other parts of the country.
Additional Chief Secretary, Rural Development, and Panchayati Raj Shri MH Khan highlighted the status and project report of various schemes undertaken by the department.
He highlighted the achievement under various schemes including Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin, Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY), and National Rurban Mission.
CAF&PD Deputy Secretary Robertson Asem highlighted the Ministry’s allocation under National Food Security Act and other schemes including Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
He further highlighted certain issues and challenges faced by the department in the implementation of the schemes.
Meanwhile, earlier in the afternoon, Minister Jyoti along with Thongam Biswajit Singh and officials of the department attended a Visit and Interaction programme with members of Self Help Groups under the Manipur State Rural Livelihood Mission at Ningomthongjao Bazaar Community Hall.
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As part of the programme, food-grains under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana and National Food Security Act were also distributed.
Biswajit said that today the people are enjoying benefits from various government schemes. There is also progress in implementation of schemes in the State, he added.
He further stated that under Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the public received 5kg of rice under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana during the lockdown imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing members of the SHGs, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said that today Manipur has changed a lot since 2016, when she had first visited the State during the launch of the MUDRA loan.
She said the programme was organized to encourage the SHG members to become more self-reliant.
Stating that the present government under Hon’ble Prime Minister has shown much concern and interest for the North Eastern States.
She also expressed happiness with the development witnessed in the State.
As part of the interaction, 10 stalls showcasing local products made by the SHGs were also opened at the venue.
The interaction was also attended by officials of both CAF&PD and RD&PR.
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