Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Uttarakhand Government puts welfare schemes to back burner

Written by Anil Singh

Call it lack of awareness or apathy on our part, but the fact that, we as voters don’ usually recall the entire 5 years of an incumbent Government, while casting our votes; hence most governments have made a habit of launching any new scheme, jobs in the last tow years of its tenure. This results in a lot of desirable work left undone.

With assembly elections just a couple of months ahead, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath is unhappy with the pace of developmental schemes in Uttarakhand, and has sought an 'action plan' from the state by Sep 30. Notable schemes which are said to have unsatisfactory work include the progress of Sabla and Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) schemes, even after the state received the schemes and their implementation guidelines in April this year. Even though the beneficiaries were identified in December 2010 by the Uttarakhand government and funds were released by centre, both the nutrition and non-nutrition services have yet to commence.

Notably, Uttarakhand is facing acute shortage of manpower under ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services), as out of 1,124 posts sanctioned; only 606 people are in position. A total of 8,000 Aanganwadi posts are also vacant.

What does this show? This shows that, irrespective of which party makes Government in the state; as a voter we should be aware of the work done by it in the entire five years, rather than considering the last one or two years. This will encourage the governments to spread their schemes and roll out new jobs in the entire tenure; right from the first to the fifth year. If we as voters fail to do this, then the Governments, irrespective of which political party they belong, will save all schemes for last one year; and important schemes like the ones mentioned in the write-up, just go to the back burner. A lack of sound appraisal on our part, will also mean that, all the competitive examinations for new jobs like, UTET-1, UKPSC, Junior Engineer Recruitment, will be conducted in a span of just a couple of months; which is big dishonesty to candidates, who fail to prepare well for exams.

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