The study evaluates the performance of Rural Road component of Bharat Nirman and assesses: the coverage of eligible habitations under rural roads; to examine the implementation process including availability, adequacy and timeliness of funds earmarked for rural roads and role of PRIs; the quality of all weather roads under new connectivity and up gradation; the status of maintenance of all weat

A prominent feature of Budget 2010, like the previous United Progressive Alliance budgets, is the continued support to the Bharat Nirman

BHUBANESWAR: Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant Sahay today advised the State Government to lay equal emphasis on food processing industries like it has given to mineral-based industries and incentivise the sector to attract more investment.

Survey suggests freeing food & fertiliser subsidies; relies heavily on fiscal measures to counter food inflation and tones down focus on supply logistics. Says overall economic growth should be gauged by the per capita income of the poorest and the pace of growth of that income

Devika Banerji / New Delhi January 25, 2010, 0:29 IST

Economists call it the

The progress made so far in some key projects of the government as well as its flagship schemes like Bharat Nirman and Nrega came in for scrutiny at a meeting in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) chaired by T.K.A. Nair, principal secretary to the PM on Tuesday.

Bharat Nirman, a programme to build rural infrastructure, was launched by the Government of India in 2005. Phase I of the programme was implemented in the period 2005-06 to 2008-09. Phase II is being implemented from 2009-10 to 2011-12. Rural drinking water is one of the six components of Bharat Nirman.

Panchayats at different levels play an important role in the implementation of rural development schemes. Under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Panchayats are the principal implementing agencies. However, most of the panchayats do not have proper place to efficiently discharge their duties and responsibilities.

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TIRUCHI: Forest Department has embarked on the task of improving roads within Reserve Forests (RF) across the State with a view to providing linkages among remote villages on the fringes. The project also includes works on strengthening connectivity of roads running through the RFs in order to make them motorable.

With a view to disseminate information to create mass awareness and to highlight various schemes and programmes of the Central Government, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) in association with the Darrang district administration will be organising a public information campaign under Bharat Nirman at Darrang district from January 20 to 23, a press release said.