16 hours ago
Odisha to build 19,000 km road, 9 lakh rural houses in 3 years

Bhubaneswar, May 28 (IANS) The Odisha government has set a target to construct around 19,000 km road under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and nine lakh rural housing units under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in coming three years, it was announced on Saturday. Chairing a review meeting on the implementation of PMGSY and PMAY, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said this ta...

2 months ago
Odisha presents Rs 94,052.65 crore budget for 2016-17

Bhubaneswar, March 18 (IANS) Odisha Finance Minister Pradeep Kumar Amat on Friday presented a Rs.94,052.65 crore budget for 2016-17 with focus on agriculture and social sectors. The budget allocation is 11.32 percent increase against last year's Rs.84,487.77 crore. The total non-plan expenditure is estimated at Rs.48,096.49 crore while annual plan for the financial year will be R...

3 months ago
Providing water to every household priority: Himachal CM

Shimla, Jan 30 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Saturday providing potable water to every household is a top priority of his government. A total of 6,949 new habitations have been covered under rural water supply schemes in the three years, he said. Addressing a public rally at Bhawarna village in Kangra district, he said Rs.773 crore has been spent ...

10 months ago
Economic census bares impact of cuts in social sector spend

The recently concluded socio-economic caste census (SECC) is an exercise that draws considerable amount of awe for its sheer reach. The census surveyed 23.49 crore households across India using 6.4 lakh electronic handheld devices to arrive at a database of all households. It then ranked them on a relative scale of deprivation, after accounting for automatic inclusion (16.5 lakh) and exclusion of...

1 year ago
NHRC rescues 101 bonded labourers in Bihar

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The NHRC on Tuesday said it has rescued 101 bonded labourers from Madhubani in Bihar, after an NGO complained they were being made to work forcefully on agricultural lands and not being paid minimum wages. The 101 labourers from 38 families were Musahars, a community classified as Scheduled Caste. The rescue operation was carried out following a complain...

1 year ago
Gogoi accuses Centre of not releasing allocated funds

Guwahati, Feb 18 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Wednesday accused the central government of not releasing funds allocated to the state for various schemes. The reaction came a day after BJP Lok Sabha MP Bijoya Chakraborty accused the state government of misappropriating funds released by central government for various developmental works. In 2014-15, Rs.2,591.62 crore wa...

1 year ago
Take Rs.41,000, forget rape: Panchayat tells victim

Patna, Jan 31 (IANS) In a shocking incident, a panchayat in Bihar has ordered one of its members accused of raping a Mahadalit woman to pay her Rs.41,000 and asked the victim to not report the incident, police said Saturday. The incident occurred in a panchayat under Kodha police station in Katihar district. But the accused, a local muscleman, refused to pay the money. When she p...

1 year ago
Over 6,500 houses constructed for poor in Himachal

Shimla, Aug 25 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government has constructed over 6,500 houses under the Rajiv Awas Yojana and the Indira Awas Yojana in the past one year, an official said Monday. The financial assistance given under both the housing schemes has also been enhanced from Rs.48,500 to Rs.75,000. Besides two 'biswas' of land also being given to the landless poor in the urban areas ...

1 year ago
Focus on employment guarantee scheme, roads in budget

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Village roads and the national employment guarantee scheme found prime importance in the budgetary allocation for India's rural development ministry for which the allocation was hiked by 35 percent Thursday. The allocation for the ministry was hiked to Rs.83,852 crore (Rs. 838.52 billion) from Rs.61,863 crore (Rs.618.63 billion) last fiscal. The department o...

1 year ago
Himachal seeks special assistance for developing rail lines

New Delhi, July 5 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Saturday called on union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here and sought special assistance for the state, especially in developing the rail network. The chief minister demanded that the Bilaspur-Leh via Manali, Jogindernagar-Pathankot and Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Beri rail lines should be declared as national projects.

1 year ago
Munde's death creates vacuum for Modi, BJP

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) Union minister Gopinath Munde's sudden death in a road accident here Tuesday has created a political vacuum for BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will now have to find a suitable replacement in crucial social sector ministries including rural development. A genial politician with friends across the political spectrum, the 64-year-old Munde's being tasked with...

2 years ago
BJP 'party of Kumbhkarnas', promises underway schemes: Jairam

New Delhi, April 7 - Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Monday termed the BJP as a party of Kumbhkarnas and said its election manifesto is a hastily prepared document which promises programmes already underway over the past 10 years. There are two or three other features of the manifesto which invite comment. Reading the party's manifesto it seems they are a party of 'Kumbakarnas' as ...

2 years ago
Four Maoists surrender in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 26 - Four Maoist militia commanders Monday surrendered in Odisha's Malkangiri district, police said. Muli Golori, Tilsu Khilo, Kamlu Gadnayak and Damburu Khilo surrendered at Malkangiri town, about 620 km from here. They are aged between 28 and 30 years, Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh told IANS. They provided logistic support to members of Communist Pa...

2 years ago
Jairam sanctions Rs.340 crore for flood-ravaged Uttarakhand

New Delhi, June 20 - Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Thursday announced a special package of Rs.340 crore for flood-ravaged Uttarakhand. The rural development ministry is also working towards giving special assistance to Uttarakhand for constructing village houses under the Indira Awas Yojana - scheme. The Rs.340 crore would be apart from the Rs.1,000 crore announced by ...

2 years ago
Jairam sanctions Rs.340 crore for flood-ravaged Uttarakhand

New Delhi, June 20 - Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Thursday announced a special package of Rs.340 crore for flood-ravaged Uttarakhand. The rural development ministry is also working towards giving special assistance to Uttarakhand for constructing village houses under the Indira Awas Yojana - scheme. The Rs.340 crore would be apart from the Rs.1,000 crore announced by Prim...

3 years ago
UPA ad campaign not with eye to 2014: Tewari

New Delhi, May 14 - Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Tuesday denied the publicity campaign launched by his ministry detailing development initiatives of the UPA government was with an eye to next year's general elections. A day after the ministry launched a multi-media catalogue of India's development in the last nine years, highlighting the United Progressive Alliance - ...

3 years ago
Tripura top state in granting title deeds to forest-dwellers

Agartala, May 2 - The northeastern state of Tripura ranks first in India for providing land deeds to tribals under the forest rights act with 120,418 families benefiting since 2008, a minister said Thursday. Tribals living in forests for decades are eligible for 'patta' - under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers - Act, 2006. Since 2008, the Left Front governme...

3 years ago
Landless poor to get more money for building homes

New Delhi, April 26 - The amount given to landless poor for building homes will be doubled from this month, the government said Friday. Earlier, Rs.10,000 was provided to the landless poor in rural areas for building a homestead. The amount has been doubled to Rs.20,000, Minister of State for Rural Development Lal Chand Kataria said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. The scheme for...

3 years ago
Housing scheme for poor to get more funds

New Delhi, Jan 10 - The central government Thursday enhanced the allocation under its flagship rural housing scheme Indira Awas Yojana - from Rs.45,000 to Rs.70,000, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said. The cabinet enhanced the allocation under IAY from Rs.45,000 to Rs.70,000 in plains areas and from Rs.48,500 to Rs.75,000 in hill areas, Chidambaram told reporters after a cabinet meeting.<...

3 years ago
Bihar issues show cause notice to officials for laxity

Patna, Nov 5 - Bihar has issued show cause notices to 175 officials for their failure to provide funds to beneficiaries of Indira Awas Yojana - during the 2012-2013 financial year in the state, an official Monday said. Amrit Lal Meena, secretary of the state Rural Development Department -, said that show cause notices were issued to 164 Block Development Officers - and 11 Deputy Development...

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