The Samajwadi Party government will be selecting 10,000 backward villages in the state, and will work to develop them in the next 5 years. A target of developing 1600 revenue villages has been set for the financial year 2012−13.
A change in government in Uttar Pradesh (UP) is, invariably, attended by a change in the name of government schemes and policies, reflecting and underscoring a change in the core ideology of the ruling party. The dominance of B.R. Ambedkar and Kanshiram is on the wane. The Dalit ideology has been supplanted by Socialism and Ram Manohar Lohia has come to dominate the ideological realm. In the coming years, his name would be reverberating in UP because the government is planning to name most of the schemes after him.
Dr. Ambedkar Rural Development Scheme that was functioning during the Mayawati rule in the state will now be known as Dr. Lohia Samagra Gram Vikas Yojana (Comprehensive Village Development Scheme). The Samajwadi Party government will be selecting 10,000 backward villages in the state, and will work to develop them in the next 5 years. A target of developing 1600 revenue villages has been set for the financial year 2012−13. The Akhilesh government has already issued a district-wise list of such villages. The selection of these revenue villages is on a 3 point basis. The villages with the lowest number of points will be given preference. Theelection process is almost complete and an action plan would be finalised before 15 July 2012.
On the implementation front, 22 departments will be responsible for implementing 36 development schemes in the selected villages. The state’s Chief Secretary has issued a letter to all the Commissioners and District Magistrates regarding the number of villages that will be coming under this scheme on a year-wise basis. This scheme was authorised on 17 May 2012 by a government order. Under the scheme, more than 2100 revenue villages will be benefitted every year. The selection criteria for villages will be their population and extent of backwardness. In the coming 5 years, 9998 villages falling under 75 districts will be selected under the scheme. If things go as planned, then during the financial year 2012−13, 16% of the villages (i.e. 1598 villages) will be put on the path to prosperity. Similarly, in the year 2013−14, 2100 villages will be developed; 2100 in 2014−15; 2100 in 2015−16 and 2100 in 2016−17.