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Manipur At 30th Slot Is At The Bottom In Terms Of Development

Amid the ongoing polls in the state, the Centre today placed Bihar amongst the least performers on twenty-point program while naming Gujarat as the best in the development schemes that were first initiated in 1975 by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The new ratings for the Twenty Point Program-2006 by the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation say that West Bengal improved its position from the least performer in 2009-10 by four positions in April-July 2010.

Narendra Modi-led Gujarat at the top is closely followed by another BJP-ruled state Karnataka at the second position. Jharkhand is placed at third spot while Akalai Dal-BJP ruled Punjab occupies the fourth slot.

Besides Bihar which is ranked 27th, Congress-led Maharashtra and Assam at 23rd and 22nd positions respectively are among the least performers. Manipur at 30th slot is at the bottom. The worst performers also include all Northeast states, Jammu and Kashmir and Chhattisgarh.

The review comes at a time when elections are going on in Bihar. The six-phase polling began on October 21, will be over on November 20. The results will be announced on November 24.

Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh are among the best performers. Another BJP-ruled Himachal Pradesh is ranked 10th.

The rankings were announced after the official review of the performance of the program, which was launched in 1975 by Indira Gandhi and modified in 1982, 1986 and 2006.

The review of the program, which mainly encompasses poverty alleviation and rural development schemes, is to prompt states to pursue the Centre’s agenda of inclusive growth with vigor, official sources said.

Inaugurating the review meeting of the Twenty Point Programme-2006 here, Minister of State for Statistics and Program Implementation Sriprakash Jaiswal today said, “Out of 19 parameters monitored on monthly basis, except a few, the performance of most of them have been very good.”

Some of these parameters are: number of scheduled caste families assisted, habitation covered for quality of water supply, houses constructed under Indira Awas Yojana.

Aimed at improving the living standard of the poor and down-trodden of the society, the program focuses on streamlining production, procurement and distribution of essential commodities, implementation of agricultural land ceiling and distribution of surplus land, development of handloom sector and workers’ association in industry.

The program comprises various pro-poor schemes for poverty alleviation, employment generation especially in rural areas, housing, education, family welfare and health, protection of the environment, among others.

*Published earlier October 28, 2010

(Courtesy: Outlook India)

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