Gujarat tops Centre`s 20-pt development prog

Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government has emerged as the top performer of the Centre`s Twenty Point Prorgamme-2006, while Maharashtra, Bihar and Northeast among others figure at the bottom of the ranking ladder.

Updated: Oct 29, 2010, 00:35 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Narendra Modi-led Gujarat
government has emerged as the top performer of the Centre`s
Twenty Point Prorgamme-2006, while Maharashtra, Bihar and
Northeast among others figure at the bottom of the ranking
ladder.

Besides Gujarat, several other non-Congress states,
figure in the top 10 for implementing the Twenty Point
Programme that encompasses a host of poverty alleviation and
rural development schemes, said a review conducted by the
Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Gujarat was ranked first with 51 points for performance during
April-July 2010 followed by Karnataka, Jharkhand, Punjab and
Uttar Pradesh.

Besides Northeastern states, the worst performers include
Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir,
and Chhattisgarh.

Other states, which hold the first eight ranks in the
list are Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. Both states ranked
seventh. The BJP ruled Himachal Pradesh was ranked 10.

The fact that no Congress ruled state is in the top five surely would comes as a source of embarrassment for the party.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, “Punjab which has a debt of Rs 71,000 crore cannot figure at number four position. The person who has made the report is not aware of facts.”

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

Calling upon the nodal Central ministries to provide all support to states for improvement in the performance in these schemes, the minister complimented Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Uttarakhand for working hard to achieve the targets.

He said some states including West Bengal, Assam. Bihar, Sikkim, Mizozoram, and Chattisgarh need to improve further. He said these states should focus attention to the proper implementation of the programmes and schemes covered under TPP so that the performance of these schemes is improved and desired benefits are passed to the deserving citizens.

What is the 20-pt prog

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

The Twenty Point Programme was started in 1975 by the
then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The objective of the programme has been to improve the
living standard of the poor and down-trodden sections of the
society.

The emphasis has also been in 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 programme has been restructured thrice since its
inception in 1975 primarily because of introduction of new
schemes and programmes by the government.

The first revision was held in 1982 and the second in
1986. The third and last revision took place in 2006. The
restructured programme is called Twenty Point Programme ?
2006.

The programme consists of various pro-poor schemes with
focus on poverty alleviation, employment generation especially
in rural areas, housing, education, family welfare and health,
protection of the environment, among others.

-PTI inputs