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Steering Committee for Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).

Rural Poverty Alleviation, Watershed Development and Decentralised Planning and Panchayati Raj Institutions.

Dated 15th December 2000

It is proposed to set up a Steering Group on Rural Poverty Alleviation, Watershed Development and Decentralised Planning and Panchayati Raj Institutions for the formulation of Tenth Five Year Plan.

The composition of the Steering Group will be as under:

1. Shri Kamaluddin Ahmed
Member, Planning Commission, New Delhi.
2. Secretary,
Ministry of Rural Development, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi.
3. Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser
Ministry of Rural Development Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi
4. Additional Secretary,
Department of Land Resources
Ministry of Rural Development, NBO Building, 'G' Wing, Nirman Bhavar , New Delhi.
5. Shri Badal Das
Principal Secretary (Rural Development), Government of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal.
6. Shri Chinmay Basu
Secretary (Rural Development), Government of Orissa, Bhutmeshwar.
7. Shri Sriniwas Murthy
Secretary (Rural Development), Government of Karnataka. Bangalore.
8 Ms. Chandra lyengar
Secretary (Rural Development), Government of Maharashtra, Mumbai.
9. Director General
National Institute of Rural Development, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad.
10. Director General
Council for Advancement of Peoples'
Action and Rural Technology (CAP ART), Ministry of Rural Development,
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
11. Shri Y. C. Nanda
Chairman, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development,
Sterling Centre, Dr. A.B. Road, Worli. Bombay.
12. Prof. Hanumantha Rao
Director, Centre for Economic and Social Studies.
Nizamiah Observatory Campus, Begumpet, Hyderabad.
13. Shri V. Suresh
Chairman and Managing Director, Housing and Urban Development Corporition,
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
14. Prof. G. K. Chadha
Professor of Economics, Centre for Study of Regional Development,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
15. Prof. Indira Hirway
Director and Professor of Economics, Centre for Development Alternatives
E-71 Akash, Near Chief Justice's Bunglow, Bodakdev, Ahemdabad, Guiarat.
16. Prof. Ravi S. Srivastava
Professor of Economics, Centre for the Study of Regional Development
Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1328, Poorvanchal, JNU Campus, New Delhi.
17. Dr. Raghav Ghia
Professor, Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi.
18. Shri Rajesh Tandon
Director, Society for Participatory Research in Asia(PRIA),
42 Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi.
19. Ms Renana Jhabvala
Self-Employed Women Association (SEWA), Ahemdabad, Gujarat
20. Shri D. Pulliah
Ex - M.P., City Press Compound Bellary, Karnataka.
21. Dr. Rohini Nayyar
Adviser (Rural Development), Planning Commission, New Delhi.
Member Secretary

III. The terms of reference will be as follow:

  1. To study and analyse the trends in rural poverty State wise and at all India level.
  2. To examine the ongoing rural poverty alleviation and area development programmes and recommend steps for strengthening the programmes to overcome the problems and bottlenecks being encountered in their implementation. In this light also, assess the role of the State Sector Schemes
  3. To review the process of planning, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of the anti-poverty and area development programmes at different levels and suggest improvements.
  4. To recommend a package targeted at poverty alleviation, development of watersheds and rural infrastructure and extension social security benefits with a view to uplift the poor especially women and disadvantaged section. To propose ways of improving the infrastructure support systems and forward and backward linkages which are critical for the success of these programmes
  5. To review the existing policy on rural housing and land reforms and to work out a suitable frame work for the Tenth Plan.
  6. To examine the impact of watershed development projects/programmes, particularly focusing on the issues of gender empowerment and social equity and suggest measures to improve the performance of these projects/programmes.
  7. To review the status and performance of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in the light of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act and suggest modalities for effective functioning of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs). To evaluate the role of Non Governmental Oganisations (NGOs) in me implementation of poverty alleviation and area development programmes. To suggest the steps to be taken for establishing an effective interface between PRIs and NGOs and other community based organizations.
  8. To suggest the modalities for greater convergence and integration between the various poverty alleviation, area development and sectoral programmes.

The Chairman of the Steering Group may set up sub-group/task forces, necessary for undertaken in-depth studies and formulation of plan proposals.

The Steering Group may co-opt non-official experts/representatives of other agencies if required.

The expenditure of the Members of T.A./D.A in connection with the meeting of the Steering Group will be borne by the parent-Department/Ministry/Organisation. The expenditure, if any, in respect of non-official Members will be borne by the Planning Commission as per rules and regulations of TA/DA applicable to Grade-I officer of Government of India.

The Steering Group will submit its final report to the Planning Commission 31.05.2001.