Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 5:
Gopabandhu Grameen Yojana (GGY) will be extended to all districts in the state. announced Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on Thursday.
The decision to extend GGY to all districts was taken at an annual review meeting of the Panchayati Raj department chaired by the Chief Minister at the state secretariat here today.
The state government will spend Rs 650 crore from its own resources on this account. GGY was earlier operational only in coastal districts.
The decision to extend GGY to all districts was taken in the interest of people of those backward areas where the Central government had stopped allocation of funds under BRGF and IAP schemes.
Patnaik said under GGY, emphasis will be laid on important infrastructure building activities like roads and provision of drinking water.
It was decided at the meeting to reorganize panchayats on the basis of population, area, geographical area and administrative convenience in a phased manner.
A decision to convert all village roads to either concrete or black top roads within the next four years was taken at the meeting.
Notably, out of the 1.75 lakh km of village roads in the state, 22549 km are either concrete or black top roads.
Moreover, in the next four years, 10.35 lakh kuccha houses in the state will be converted to pucca houses under the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana. More than 3.52 lakh houses have been constructed under the scheme so far, it was revealed at the meeting.
All panchayat headquarters in the state will have hi-max lights and a kalyan mandap-community centre.
One village in each panchayat will be developed into an ‘adarsh’ (ideal) village every year. Electricity, roads, drinking water and other infrastructure will be developed in this village.
Among other things, the meeting decided to reduce the rate of interest of loans extended to women SHGs to one percent and take steps for effective development of livelihoods through the Odisha Rural Livelihood Mission.