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Raman Singh calls collectors to assess welfare schemes


Raipur : Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh will preside over a collectors’ conference here Nov 20 to assess various welfare schemes and centrally funded schemes with a focus on assembly polls which are slated for late next year, official sources said Thursday.

“All the 16 district collectors have been asked to turn up for the meet. Singh will collect inputs about the present status of various welfare and development schemes of all the 146 blocks,” an official of the general administrative department said.

The conference will be crucial for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. Singh and his senior cabinet colleagues will review the progress of schemes meant for development of the state’s rural and forested areas.

Sources said Singh is likely to instruct collectors to tone up the public distribution system (PDS) in tribal dominated southern Bastar and northern Surguja regions. People in these regions have been complaining of either not getting rice and kerosene oil through the PDS or getting them at higher rates due to corruption.

Besides PDS, the meeting will discuss progress on two schemes — the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme that seeks to provide employment to one member of every rural household for 100 days in a year and the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna which is a flagship programme of the centre to provide road connectivity to far flung areas.