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Kerala notifies guidelines for Plan working group

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THE State Government has notified a series of guidelines which it hopes will help strengthen the activities of the Working Group that plays a pivotal role in the formulation of the State's Plan.

Announcing this, an official spokesman said that the role of the Working Group has assumed vital significance in the context of the decentralised planning model accepted by the State.

The Government expects that the Working Group will draw from its wealth of experience, expertise and practical knowledge to provide local bodies with a coherent view of the developmental goals that they should seek to achieve.

Among the main responsibilities of the Group are identification of localised priorities, setting the decision-making process into action at the local level and exploitation of the readily available skills for the achievement of listed targets.

As for those who can aspire to become members of the Group, the spokesman said that those with on-hand experience in developmental and welfare programmes or having a wealth of information in related subjects will qualify themselves for membership in the Group.

Similarly, proven stints within the Government or with outside agencies and overall social commitment established by way of participation in developmental works or through individual initiatives also make one eligible for a membership.

The president of the Group will ideally be an elected member and for convenor, the senior-most official belonging to the concerned area of development may be nominated.

The most prominent expert member of the Working Group shall be made the vice-president.

The Group has also been vested with the power to co-opt members and constitute task forces, if need be.

It will be expected to, among other things, assess both the material and fiscal gains of the Ninth Plan, ascertain its material assets, objectively analyse contributions made to charity societies and co-operative institutions and decide on the "spillover works'' that would necessitate allocation of funds in the 10th Plan and formulate a draft Plan.

Members of the Working Group will actively participate in the meetings of the gram sabhas and ward sabhas.

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