The South Dinajpur district administration has started preparing its Annual Action Plan under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act for the financial year 2018-19. For the year ahead, the district administration will implement a new scheme– “100/100 Raising Million Dreams”–under the MGNREGA, it is learnt.

The scheme aims to make the beneficiaries self-dependent. A high level conference in the presence of all executive officers from the district will be held tomorrow, before the scheme is implemented, officials said. According to instructions sent by the state government, 300 families in the district will be picked from every gram panchayat who have membership with an active self-help group in the area.

The government will be paying Rs 30,000 to the families at a time. A total of Rs 180 per day for 100 days’ work, that is 18,000 and 12,000 for building infrastructure like poultry shed, cattle shed, rice plant and other resourceful source of income, it is learnt. “There are 64 gram panchayats in the eight blocks in South Dinajpur.

The scheme will be implemented in almost all the villages. All the panchayats have been informed about the scheme. A total of 19200 families will be included in the scheme that focuses on generating permanent source of income for the recipients,” an official said. “The scheme will help the poor to be self employed and also guide them in securing a living.

We have targeted to aid 300 families (minimum) from every gram panchayat this year. We hope South Dinajpur will fulfill the target,” said the Additional District Magistrate, South Dinajpur, Krittibas Nayek.