Complete 75% of IAP projects by March-end

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the implementation of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) should be made more participatory by consulting people’s representatives in districts.

Chidambaram reviewed the implementation of IAP in the State through video-conferencing with district collectors. Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik and secretaries of? departments, including Home, Panchayati Raj, Women and Child Development and Rural Development, participated in the video-conference. The IAP is being implemented in 18 Naxalite-affected districts of the State.

Official sources said ` 915 crore has been sanctioned for implementation of IAP in the 18 districts. While ` 325 crore was released in 2010-11, ` 400 crore was sanctioned in 2011-12 for 15 districts. Projects worth ` 834.5 crore have been approved. The expenditure by January 2012, has been ` 487 crore.

Out of the 14,868 projects, which include roads, buildings, irrigation facilities, drinking water and electrification, 13,896 have been taken up. So far, 8,203 projects have been completed. Sources said the Home Minister directed the collectors to complete 75 per cent of the remaining projects by March-end.

Balangir, Deogarh, Gajapati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Koraput, Mayurbhanj, Nuapada, Rayagada, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Sundargarh, Nabarangpur and Jharsuguda districts were included in the IAP in the first phase. Later the scheme was extended to Nayagarh, Ganjam and Jajpur districts.

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