National award for Nalanda district for “excellent implementation” of rural schemes
BIHARSHARIF: Having won much kudos and many awards from the state government for effective implementation of various development schemes, including Kanya Suraksha Yojana and Mukhya Mantri Pul Nirman Yojana, Nalanda DM Sanjay Kumar Agarwal is now set to receive a national award from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for “excellent implementation” of rural development schemes, especially Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) schemes, in the district in 2010-11.
Nalanda, which happens to be the native district of chief minister Nitish Kumar, thus becomes the state’s first district to receive the coveted award ever since it was instituted by the Union rural development department four years ago. The other five districts to be awarded this award this year are Sarguja (Chhattisgarh), Nanded (Maharashtra), Nicobar (Andaman & Nicobar), Vizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh) and Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu). The awards would be given to the district collectors at a function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on February 2.
The “excellent performance” that has won the award includes “outstanding management” of traditional system of irrigation, drought management, convergence of other rural development schemes and generation of significant employment under MGNREGA.
“I often dream of reaching the rays of development to every doorstep of the poor and I relentlessly work to realize this dream,” said the chartered accountant-turned-IAS official of 2002 batch. A Kishanganj native, he was schooled up to Plus II in the district town.