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Schemes & Programs

  1. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

  2. SWARNJAYANTI GRAM SWAROZGAR YOJANA

  3. SGSY SPECIAL PROJECTS

  1. NATIONAL RURAL EMPLOYMENT GUARANTEE SCHEME

  2. INDIRA AWAAS YOJANA

  3. ATAL AWAAS YOJANA

  4. NATIONAL FAMILY BENEFIT SCHEME

  5. WATERSHED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

  1. TOTAL SANITATION CAMPAIGN PROJECTS

  2. MAHILA MANDAL PROTSAHAN YOJANA

 

 

1.   COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

The present set up of the schemes under Community Development Programme is based on old community development concept, which aims at the development of community with the initiative and participation of the community itself. The grant -in-aid  is being provided to the Panchayat Samitis under the head Social Education and General Education for developmental activities in the social educational fields. Funds are provided to the Blocks for the construction/ completion of staff residential buildings and Gram Sewak huts. Besides, the funds are also provided for completion of on-going office buildings. The provision of the funds is made for providing staff salary of the employees posted at various levels. Grants are also provided for the promotion / strengthening of Mahila Mandals, incentive awards to Mahila Mandals and organisation of awareness camps for non-officials etc. 

 

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2 .  SWARNJAYANTI GRAM SWAROZGAR YOJANA

SWARANJAYANTI GRAM SWAROZGAR YOJANA"  has been launched from the year 1999-2000. This Yojana is a holistic package covering all aspect of self-employment such as organisation of poor into Self Help Groups, Training, Credit, Technology, Infrastructure and Marketing. The beneficiaries under this scheme are called "Swarozgaris. The objective of SGSY is to bring the assisted poor families above the poverty line, by providing them income-generating assets. This scheme is a credit-cum-subsidy programme. Subsidy under SGSY is uniform at 30% of the project cost subject to a maximum limit of Rs.7500/-.  In respect of SCs/STs and disabled persons the maximum limit is 50% and Rs.10000/- respectively. For groups of swarozgaris (SHGs), the subsidy is 50% of the project cost subject to per capita subsidy of Rs.10,000/- or Rs.1.25 lacs whichever is less.

The focus of SGSY is  on the vulnerable groups among the rural poor. Accordingly, the SC/STs account for the 50% of swarozgaris, women for 40% and the disabled for 3%.

The scheme is being implemented on 75:25 cost sharing basis between Central and State Government.

                                   

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3. SGSY SPECIAL PROJECTS

I. Installation of Hydrams

The Government of India has approved a Project for Installation of 400 Hydrams under SGSY Special Project Component with a total Project Cost of Rs. 1047.20 lacs which includes subsidy of Rs. 770.48 lacs, Rs. 161.40 lacs as loan component and Rs. 115.32 lacs as beneficiaries share. The subsidy component will be shared by Centre and State Government on 75:25 sharing basis.

Upto march 2006 , 268 Hydrams have been procured out of which 208 Hydrams have been installed. Rs. 376.116 lacs have been spent on the installation of Hydrams.

 

II. Marketing of Rural Goods

The Government of India has approved a Project titled Marketing of Rural Goods  in Himachal Pradesh under SGSY Special Project Component  with a total Project Cost of Rs. 914.52 lacs which includes subsidy of Rs.769.52 lacs, Rs. 145.00 lacs as loan component. Centre and State Government will share the subsidy component on 75:25 sharing basis. Under this project 50 Himachal Gramin Bhandars and 1 Central Gramin Bhandar will be constructed in the State.

Upto march 2006, construction work of 10 Grameen Bhandars has been completed, 8 are near completion and construction work at 12 sites is in progress. So far an expenditure of Rs. 290.06 lacs has been incurred.

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III. Gold Mines Project

The Government of India has approved a Project titled “Gold Mines in Bilaspur” District under SGSY Special Project Component with a total Project Cost of Rs. 840.35 lacs which includes subsidy of Rs.327.76 lacs, and Rs. 512.59 lacs as loan component. Centre and State Government will share the subsidy component on 75:25 sharing basis. Under this project three activities viz., Floriculture, Sericulture and Mushroom Cultivation are being taken.

Upto march 2006 an expenditure of Rs. 203.66 lacs have been incurred. 385 beneficiaries have been benefited under floriculture, Sericulture and Mushroom cultivation.

 

IV.  Milch Livestock Improvement

The Government of India has approved a Project titled Milch Live Stock Improvement for District Solan under SGSY Special Project Component with a total Project Cost of Rs. 886.95 lacs which includes subsidy of Rs.715.15 lacs, Rs. 171.80 lacs as loan component. Centre and State Government will share the subsidy component on 75:25 sharing basis. Under this Project activities for the development of Dairy Farm will be taken up.  So far Rs.286.054 lacs have been provided to DRDA Solan for the implementation of this project. Rs. 261.50 lacs have been spent upto march, 2006. Under this project 9595 cattles have been treated in 95 field levels camps and 12273 breaders have been trained. Besides this 6715 Qtls. fodder seed have also been distributed to the farmers.

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V. Rural Development through Diversification in Agriculture

The Government of India has approved a Project titled Rural Development through Diversification in Agriculture under SGSY Special Project Component with a total Project Cost of Rs. 1385.32 lacs which includes subsidy of Rs.1086.25 lacs, Rs. 299.07  lacs as loan component . Centre and State Government will share the subsidy component on 75:25 sharing basis. Under this Project the following activities have been taken :-

  1. Cultivation of Medicinal plants, Aromatic plants, Flowers and Orchids

  2. Sericulture

  3. Innovative practices in Animal Husbandry

So far Rs.481.60 lacs have been provided to DRDA Mandi for implementation of this project. Out of which an expenditure of Rs. 512.10 lacs has been incurred upto March,2006. Under Cultivation of Medicinal plants, Aromatic plants, Flowers and Orchids components of this project 10poly houses have been constructed. One tissue culture laboratory at Chontra is under construction and one oil extraction unit at Sauli khud has been  constructed. Under Sericulture component 3 technical service station have been established and 3 nurseries are also being established. Under Innovative practices in Animal Husbandry component of the project all the 105 non AI centers,  have been  converted into AI centres.

 

VI.  Self Reliance through Sericulture and Dairy Development

The Government of India has approved a Project titled Self Reliance through sericulture and Dairy Development for District Hamirpur  under SGSY Special Project Component with a total Project Cost of Rs. 1499.981 lacs which includes subsidy of Rs. 993.371 lacs, Rs. 506.61  lacs as loan component. Centre and State Government will share the subsidy component on 75:25 sharing basis. Under this Project Sericulture and Dairy Development will be taken up.  So far Rs. 784.93 lacs have been provided to DRDA Hamirpur for the implementation of this project. Out of which an expenditure of Rs. 403.24 lacs have been incurred upto March,2006. Under Sericulture component of the project 62 Self Help Groups have been provided assistance. Under Dairy Development component fodder seeds and mineral mixture have also been distributed to the farmers besides organising training camps.

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VII.      Green Gold

The Government of India has approved a Project titled Green Gold in respect of District Chamba  under SGSY Special Project Component with a total Project Cost of Rs.1488.73 lacs which includes subsidy of Rs.1361.23  lacs, Rs. 127.50  lacs as loan component and  beneficiaries share. Centre and State Government will share the subsidy component on 75:25 sharing basis. Under this Project the following activities will be taken: -

  1. Cultivation of Medicinal plants, Aromatic plants, Flowers and Orchids

  2. Cultivation of  Off Season vegetables.

  3. Cultivation of Mushroom

  4. Improved Dairy Management

So far Rs.544.491 lacs have been provided to DRDA Chamba for the implementation of this project out of which Rs. 342.07 lacs have been spent up to March,2006. Under Cultivation of Medicinal plants, Aromatic plants, Flowers and Orchids component of the project. 6 numbers nurseries have been established and 165 SHGs have been trained. Under Cultivation of  Off Season vegetables components 6 nurseries have been established and fertilizers, seeds and chemicals etc. have been provided to the   farmers. Under Cultivation of Mushroom component 8 SHGs have been imparted training. Under Improved Dairy Management component of the project various training and workshops have been organised and fodders seeds have also been provided to the farmers.

 

VIII. Intensive Dairy  Development Project

The Government of India has approved a Project titled Intensive Dairy Development Project  for District Kangra under SGSY Special Project Component with a total Project Cost of Rs 1301.25  lacs which includes subsidy of Rs.1151.40 lacs, Rs. 149.85 lacs as loan component and beneficiaries share. Centre and State Government will share the subsidy component on 75:25 sharing basis. Under this Project Dairy Development activity will be taken up.  So far Rs.460.56 lacs have been provided to DRDA Kangra for the implementation of this project out of which Rs. 370.708 lacs have been spent upto March,2006.

 

IX. SKILL DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL YOUTHS THROUGH GRAMEEN LABS

The Government of India has approved a project titled SKILL DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL YOUTHS THROUGH GRAMEEN LABS for the State as a whole with a total Project cost of Rs.250.00 lacs. This project is 100% centrally sponsored. Under this project total of 5000 rural youths will be trained as per their requirement. The project is being implemented through Dr. Reddy's foundation, Hyderabad. For the implementation of this project funds to the tune of Rs. 100.00 lacs have been so far released by the Government of India.

           

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4.   National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme  

 

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was notified by the Government of India on September, 2005 and was made effective w.e.f. 2nd February 2006. In the first phase, the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme (NREGS) was introduced in District Chamba and Sirmour on 2nd February, 2006. In second phase NREGS was started in District Kangra and Mandi w.e.f. 1-4-2007. Now in the third phase all the remaining 8 districts of the State have been covered under the scheme w.e.f. 1.4.2008.

1.  SALIENT FEATURE

The salient feature of the scheme is to provide for the enhancement of livelihood security of the households in rural areas of the State by providing 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.

2.   ELIGIBILITY

            The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is open to all rural households in the areas notified by the Government of India. The entitlement of 100 days of guaranteed employment in a financial year is in terms of a household. This entitlement of 100 days per year can be shared within the household.

            All adult members of the household who registered can apply for work. To register, they have to:-

a)                 Be local residents “local“ implies residing within the gram panchayat.

b)                 Be willing to do un-skilled manual work.

c)                  Apply as a household at the local gram panchayat.

3.   APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION AND ISSUANCE OF JOB CARDS

The application for registration can be given on plain paper or on the prescribed application format available at gram panchayat level or an oral request for registration can be made. The application should contain the names of those adult members of the household who are willing to do un-skilled manual work, and particulars such as age, sex and SC/ST status etc. After verification all particulars are entered in the registration register by the concerned Gram Panchayat. Every household is assigned a registration number.

Job cards to every registered household are issued by the gram panchayat. The job cards are issued within a fortnight of the application for registration. Photographs of adult members who are applicants are attached to the job cards. The cost of job card and photographs is borne as part of the programme funds. The job card is valid for a period of 5 years.

4.   APPLICATION FOR WORK AND ALLOCATION OF EMPLOYMENT

Applications for work can be submitted to the gram panchayat as well as to the Programme Officer. Applications should be given in writing and a dated receipt for the application for work must be issued to the applicant. The applications for work must be for at least 14 days of continuous of work.

Applicants who are provided work are to be intimated by means of letter sent to them at the address given in the job card and also by a public notice displayed at the offices of the gram panchayat. The wage employment to the applicant is to be provided within 15 days of the date of receipt of application.

As stated in the Act (Schedule 1), contractors can not be engaged  in any manner in the execution of works.                         

5.   PERMISSIBLE WORKS

      As per schedule 1 of the Act the focus of the scheme is on the following works in their order of priority:-

(i)           Water Conservation and Water Harvesting works;

(ii)         Drought proofing works (including aforestation and tree plantation)

(iii)       Irrigation canals including micro and minor irrigation works;

(iv)        Provision of irrigation facility, horticulture plantation and land development facilities on land owned by the households belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes or to below poverty line families or to beneficiaries of land reforms or to the beneficiaries under the Indira Awas Yojana of the Government of India;

 

(v)          Renovation of traditional water bodies including desiliting of tanks ;

(vi)        Land developments works;

(vii)            Flood control and protection works including drainage in water logged areas;

(viii)          Rural connectivity to provide all-weather access; and

 

(ix)  Any other work which may be notified by the Government of India in consultation with the State Government.

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6.      PAYMENT OF WAGES

(a)        Every person working under the scheme is entitled to  wages at the minimum wage fixed by the State Government.

 

(b)         Equal wages are to be paid to both man and woman workers.

(c)         Workers are entitled to being paid on weekly basis and in any case within a fortnight of the date on which work was done (NREGA section -3 (3) )

 

7.    PAYMENT OF UNEMPLOYMENT ALLOWANCE

(i)                If an applicant for employment under the scheme is not provided such employment within 15 days of receipt of his application seeking employment or from the date on which the employment has been sought in the case of advance application, whichever is latter, he shall be entitled to a daily unemployment allowance which will be one fourth of the wage rate for the first thirty days during the financial year and one half of the wage rate for the remaining period of the financial year.

(ii)              The payment of unemployment allowance is the liability of the State Government.

(iii)            The liability of the State Government to pay unemployment allowance to a household during any financial year will cease as soon as:-

 

(a)                     The applicant is directed by the Gram Panchayat or the Programme Officer to      report for work ; or

 

(b)                     The period for which employment is sought comes to an end and no member of the household of the applicant had turned up for employment ; or

 

(c)                      The adult members of the household of the applicant have received in total at least 100 days of work within the financial year ; or

 

(d)                     The household of the applicant has earned as much from the wages and unemployment allowance taken together which is    equal to the wages for 100 days of work during the financial year.

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8. FACILITIES AT WORK SITE

(1) The facilities of safe drinking water, shade for children and place of rest, first –aid-box-with adequate material for emergency treating for minor injuries and other health hazards connected with the works being performed shall be provided at the work site.

(2) In case the number of children below the age of six years accompanying the women working at any sites is five or more, one such woman may be deputed to look after such children. The women deputed to look after such children shall be paid the normal wages.  

9. WAGE MATERIAL RATIO

                   The ratio of wage costs to material costs should be no less than the minimum norm of 60:40 stipulated in the Act. This ratio should be applied preferably at the Gram Panchayat, Block and District levels. The wages of skilled and semi skilled labourers should be included in the material costs.

5.   INDIRA AWAAS YOJANA

Indira Awas Yojana is a Centrally Sponsored scheme. Under this scheme w.e.f. 01-04-2008, the assistance has been enhanced from Rs.27500/- per beneficiary  to Rs.38500/- per beneficiary, and is being given to BPL families for the construction of new houses . Gram Sabha does the selection of beneficiaries under this scheme.   This scheme is being financed by  Centre  and State Government on 75:25 sharing basis. 

 

6.   ATAL AWAAS YOJANA

This scheme is being implemented on the pattern of Indira Awaas Yojana.

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7.   NATIONAL FAMILY BENEFIT SCHEME

In case of the death of a breadwinner of a family living below the poverty line a financial assistance of Rs.10,000/- per family is provided to bereaved family.

 

8.    WATERSHED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

 

I.  Drought Prone Area Programme

 

This programme is basically an area development programme and aims at integrated development of natural resources like land, water, vegetation etc. by taking up watershed development projects. The programme is being implemented in 10 blocks of the State. Upto the year 1998-99 the programme was being funded by Central and State Governments on 50:50 sharing basis but from 1-4-1999 the Government of India have changed the funding pattern from 50:50  to 75:25.

Under this programme 318 micro watersheds have been taken up for development in district Bilaspur, Solan and Una for a period of 5 years. During the year 2005-2006 40 new micro watershed have been sanctioned by the Government of India under the programme.

 

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II.  Desert Development Programme (DDP)

 

Under DDP,420 Micro watershed has been taken up for the development in district of Lahual &Spiti and Pooh Block of district Kinnaur. The Govt. of India has sanctioned 38 new micro watershed projects under this programme during the current financial year. (23 micro watershed for Lahual &Spiti and 15 Micro watershed for Kinnaur district.

 

III.  Integrated Wastelands Development Programme

                       

Integrated Wastelands Development Programme is being implemented in all the districts of the state except Bilaspur, Una and Lahaul & Spiti.  Prior to 1.4.2000the watershed projects under this programme were being funded 100% by the Central Government.  However the projects sanctioned after 1.4.2000 are being funded Rs. 5500/-per ha by the GOI and Rs. 500/- per ha. by the State Government. During the year 2004-2005 the Government of India has sanctioned two new projects with a total project outlay of Rs. 900.00 lakhs for treatment of 15,000 ha. of land. 

 

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9.   TOTAL SANITATION CAMPAIGN PROJECTS

 

Total Sanitation Campaign is an other mile stone for the department. With a view to ensure Total Sanitation in the rural areas the department is implementing Total Sanitation Campaign projects in 7 districts of the State viz Sirmour, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Kinnaur and Una.  A new sanitation strategy for the State has been approved. This strategy aims at introduction of a holistic concept of sanitation, to have a demand oriented, outcome based approach, to generate awareness of a ‘need’ for sanitation amongst people individually and as a community, involvement and ownership of the community, shift from individual subsidies to community incentives, local bodies undertaking responsibility for sustainable delivery of services, identifying appropriate institutional arrangements for delivery of services including partnership with NGOs/ CBOs and address interdepartmental co-ordination, emphasize on monitoring and evaluation to determine success and outcomes. A key component of the new State Sanitation Strategy is a Reward Scheme to make awards to the cleanest gram Panchayat in each block, district, division  and the State.

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10.     MAHILA MANDAL PROTSAHAN YOJANA

 

With a view to strengthen the Mahila Mandals and to ensure that they are involved in the process of development, the department during 1998-99 has introduced Mahila Mandal Protsahan Yojana. A sum of Rs. 65.00 lacs has been provided during 2004-05 to provide incentives Mahila Mandals The incentives being provided are based upon their performance in various fields such as Family Planning & Child Welfare, Promotion of Small Savings, Eradication of social evils and participation in literacy campaigns.

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