Meet to chart road map for Jan 1 cash-transfer rollout this week

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 03:52 hrs

pTo ascertain the number of districts and schemes to be covered by the cash-transfer scheme in its first phase the government will this week hold a meeting with collectors of the districts shortlisted for the scheme&rsquos rollout from January 1ppIn an exclusive interview Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told Business Standard the district collectors would be instructed via video conferencing on December 13 or 14 and their views on preparedness taken This would help chart the road mappp&ldquoThat is when clear instructions will be given and we will hear from them whether they are prepared to implement it or will require a couple of weeks more&rdquo Ahluwalia saidppHe stressed the government was aiming for the January 1 rollout but would have a better idea only after the meeting The programme he said would have much clearer visibility by the end of January 2013pp&ldquoMy view is that a substantial number of schemes in a substantial number of districts should have been implemented by the end of January in the sense that money would have moved&rdquo he saidppHe also expected the government would be able to show results after the first month of the rollout &ldquoWe should be able to say well look for these districts for these schemes it has visibly worked and if you like you can do a random check of the beneficiary list and ask them if they got the money&rdquo Ahluwalia addedp

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