Aizawl (Zoramobserver.com): Reacting to the Comptroller and Audit General of India (CAG) report which stated that Mizoram flagship programme New Land Use Policy (NLUP) did not achieve its objectives, NLUP Implementing Board (NIB) claimed that the project has been “very successful”.
The NIB on Friday convened a meeting headed by its vice chairman PL Thanga at the NLUP conference hall in Aizawl to reviewed the CAG report.
The NIB claimed claimed that all departments in input supply target have become self-sufficient due to the implementation of NLUP and the total revenue obtained from broom farming has increased from 37 lakh in 2009 to 5,704 lakh in 2016. “Apart from the success seen in various departments, Mizoram University, NABCONS (NABARD Agency) which were appointed as NLUP Monitoring Agencies highlighted in their report about the successful implementation of the flagship programme,” the board said.
The NIB said that baseline survey was conducted in all villages through YMA which later submitted the list to concerned DC and to the NIB after verification form the DC. “The CAG report that baseline survey results were not shared with Village Level NLUP Committee is baseless,” the board said, adding that since there was no complaint about baseline survey since 2009, the survey report is believed to be authentic.
The board also said that Mizoram has been divided into 40 cluster areas or compact area as beneficiaries were selected from each village and there was no difference between compact area under other central scheme and compact area under NLUP project.
The NIB further refuted the CAG report that selection of beneficiaries were not done by village level committee but by NLUP apex board. “All beneficiaries were selected by village level committees which submitted the list to concerned DC, then to NIB. After it was verified by NIB that the apex board gave formal approval,” it said.
On issue of ineligible beneficiaries, the NIB said that NLUP manual was made from the beginning in which eligibility criteria for beneficiary was clearly indicated. After it was approved by NLUP apex board, it was used in the process of selection of beneficiaries and all concerned DCs were asked to verify the beneficiaries selected by village level committee and in the process over 1,170 beneficiaries were cancelled.