Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh rural development department has earmarked Rs. 909 crore during the 2010-11 fiscal to cover another 4.5 lakh families under the rural employment guarantee scheme.
Kangra district leads in implementation of this scheme in the state and the district has been awarded with National Excellence Award for successful implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme at the national level.
The rural development department has formulated Rs 4,688-crore scheme for watershed management, agriculture development and employment generation, which has been sent for the approval of government of India. This programme is basically an area development programme and aims at integrated development of natural resources like land, water, vegetation etc by taking up watershed development projects.
The works carried out by the department are employment oriented so that employment opportunities could be generated for the maximum number of people.
Professional agencies are being involved in preparing detailed project reports (DPR) of watershed projects with a view to benefit people, besides carrying rain water harvesting activities and development of natural resources.
The state government has launched a comprehensive strategy to tackle the sanitation challenge through implementation of the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC). It has also launched schemes like Swarn Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojna, Watershed Management, Indira Aawas Yojna, Atal Aawas Yojna aimed at rural development.