Saturday, December 2, 2023

Jamshedpur: NABARD workshop empowers Nodal Officers for Rural Infrastructure Development

Jamshedpur: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) organized a one-day workshop aimed at enhancing the skills and knowledge of nodal officers responsible for the implementation of projects sanctioned under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF). Held at the Collectorate Auditorium in Jamshedpur, the workshop was inaugurated by Deputy Development Commissioner Manish Kumar, and it saw the participation of senior officials from various departments, executive engineers, and nodal officers of RIDF. Assistant General Manager Rakesh Sinha and District Development Manager of NABARD, Jasmika Baske, represented NABARD at the workshop.

The Deputy Development Commissioner underscored the pivotal role that rural infrastructure development projects play in achieving sustainable and long-term development in rural areas. He emphasized the importance of ensuring the quality and timely completion of these projects. Furthermore, he discussed the priority given to funding loans under RIDF based on the specific needs at the grassroots level within the district. To achieve this, he called for a collaborative effort between DDM NABARD and departmental officials in identifying critical infrastructure gaps. He also stressed the need for District Level Review Committee (DLRC) meetings and urged all relevant departments to promptly submit ground-level expenditure details to NABARD for the release of funds. Additionally, he requested the timely submission of project completion reports.

The Assistant General Manager of NABARD’s Regional Office highlighted the significance of the workshop in accelerating project implementation and addressing any obstacles that may hinder timely execution. He urged implementing departments to provide monthly expenditure details to NABARD, facilitating the timely release of funds and ensuring the state government maximizes the benefits of NABARD’s financial support.

The District Development Manager of NABARD shared vital information regarding the status of RIDF projects in East Singhbhum district. NABARD has sanctioned Rs 183.68 crore for a total of 38 RIDF projects in the district, of which Rs 128.42 crore has already been disbursed. These projects are currently in progress. He emphasized the importance of promptly submitting Project Completion Certificates (PCC) after scheme completion and Project Completion Reports to NABARD within six months. Furthermore, he highlighted the necessity of installing “Display Boards” related to the projects in the format prescribed by NABARD, as this forms an integral part of social monitoring.

The workshop served as a valuable platform for nodal officers to gain insights, address challenges, and strengthen their roles in driving rural infrastructure development initiatives under RIDF. The collaborative efforts of NABARD and the participating departments aim to propel the progress of vital projects that will enhance the quality of life in rural areas.

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