Rs.1.31 trillion sanctioned for flagship programmes

February 16th, 2009 - 6:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) The government has allocated Rs.1.31 trillion (Rs.131,317 crore) for its flagship programmes in the coming fiscal.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, while presenting the interim budget for 2009-10 to parliament Monday, said Rs.301 billion (Rs.30,100 crore) would be made available to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) for the next financial year.

The scheme is now extended to all districts and would create employment of 1.38 billion (138.76 crore) mandays, covering Rs.35 million (3.51 crore) households during this fiscal.

Another Rs.131 billion (Rs.13,100 crore) has been proposed for an educational programme - the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) - for promoting elementary education. According to the minister, almost all primary schools have been covered under the scheme.

The midday meal scheme, also launched to promote elementary education, has been allocated Rs.80 billion (Rs.8,000 crore). According to Mukherjee, the two projects have pushed up school attendances.

The Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), which aims at the wellness of children, has been allocated Rs.67.05 billion (Rs.6,705 crore).

Similarly, Rs.40.9 billion (Rs.40,900 crore) has been sanctioned for the Bharat Nirman programme, a time-bound plan for building rural infrastructure. This would include rural roads, drinking water supply, irrigation, housing, electrification and telephony.

Rural development projects like the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission has received Rs.118.842 (Rs.11,842 crore). About 386 projects totalling Rs.390 billion (Rs.39,000 crore) were sanctioned late last year.

The Rajiv Gandhi Rural Drinking Water Mission would receive Rs.74 billion (Rs.7,400 crore) for adequate supply of drinking water across the country. in addition, Rs.12 billion (Rs.1,200 crore) and Rs.120 billion (Rs.12,070 crore) have been allocated for the Total Rural Sanitation Programme and the National Rural Health Mission.

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