Port Blair, April 11: A conference of Lt Governors/Administrators of Union Territories & review meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Governor of Punjab and Administrator of UT Chandigarh, Shri V.P.Singh Badnore at the Megapode Nest here today in the presence of Lt. Governor of Puducherry, Dr Kiran Bedi and Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd). The meeting was also attended by Shri Inder Jit Singh, Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat, Shri Parimal Rai, Advisor to the Administrator of Chandigarh and Shri P.K. Srivastava, Additional Secretary (UT), Ministry of Home Affairs.
The meeting reviewed the decisions taken in the meeting held on 13.10.2017, the implementation of various schemes of UTs, to share best practices being followed by UTs and to devise an implementation mechanism for ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’. This meeting also presented an opportunity for networking amongst the UTs and to learn and replicate good practices being followed amongst various constituents. The Governor of Punjab, Shri VP Singh welcomed the gathering and highlighted the expectations of the Prime Minister from the UTs with regard to various Govt. of India schemes. He also highlighted the best practices adopted in UT of Chandigarh wherein new cycle tracks are being developed to encourage cycling as a mode of transport. Also a mobile special education facility called ‘Kalam Express’, using CSR funds has been started for ‘Divyang’ children.
The Lt Governor, Puducherry, Dr Kiran Bedi, while thanking Andaman & Nicobar Administration for taking the initiative for building strong network of UTs highlighted the positive works being taken up in Puducherry and explained that the financial health of the UT has improved. She highlighted the better utilization of funds from Centrally Sponsored Schemes. The various activities taken up by the Raj Niwas in Puducherry to make it people friendly was show cased as a best practice.
The Lt Governor of A&N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi highlighted various challenges related to logistics in Andamans and also informed the gathering about the major infrastructure projects being taken up in the road, power and tourism sectors which would bear fruit in next three years. He also highlighted the scheme for providing incentives for collection of plastic waste. The ambitious programme for solarization of power and to substantially reduce highly polluting diesel generation was elaborated upon. Amongst the good practices, the framing of Regulation for Sports Fishing Activities was highlighted.
Thereafter, the Additional Secretary (UT), Shri PK Srivastava made a presentation regarding performance of the UTs on the various PM monitored schemes. The review covered performances under Swachh Bharat Mission, PMAY, DBT, Jan Dhan Yojana, NHM, SSA etc. The Senior Officers of the UTs gave a report on the actions initiated by them to ensure timely completion of the activities. It was also felt that aggressive publicity for all the schemes needs to be done to ensure universal coverage as per eligibility criteria for all the schemes. The publicity would need to be done through AIR, Doordarshan, local media and intensive word of mouth publicity through PRIs etc.
The Secretary (Coordination), Shri Inder Jit Singh explained the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, being launched by the Prime Minister on 14th April and the timelines set for various UTs. He informed that across the country 21058 villages have been selected wherein the Schemes would be rolled out. The schemes covered 7 pro-poor initiatives namely Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (LPG Connections for eligible families), Saubhagya (Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana), Ujala Scheme (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All), Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and Mission Indradhanush (Immunization of children under 2 years & all pregnant women). It was informed that ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’ is an intensive focused mission for saturation of coverage with the partnership of Central Government, UT Administration, local governments and Self Help Groups. For effective implementation of the Abhiyan, all Departments concerned have been given specific responsibilities and a monitoring dashboard has been created for daily update on progress made by each UT. The real time affective monitoring will also be done through apps and from common portals. He also highlighted that for UTs there should be 100% coverage of all eligible beneficiaries.
The meeting concluded with decisions to share best practices among the UTs, developing Standard Operating Procedures for implementation of various schemes of Govt. of India in the UTs, intensive contact programme for dissemination of information about Schemes of UTs/ GoI and developing and strengthening the mechanism of frequent interaction between UTs.