Dantewada, which succeeded in setting a target of bringing down the number of people living below the poverty line (BPL) in the state, has become an inspirational district for chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, said chief secretary R P Mandal.

Keeping this in view officials have to prepare a special plan for development of Dantewada     district and work with all         sensitivity, Mandal, who was reviewing the details of a special work plan for Dantewada district at Mahanadi Bhawan secretariat on Tuesday,  said.

There is need for better coordination among all the departments and they have to work in coordinated  manner work as the target is to bring down the 60% BPL number of district to 20% in four years, said Mandal.

Under the departmental schemes, the annual target should be achieved   to link all the people under employment initiatives, the CS said, adding that it should be ensured that the economic activities should have a permanent income hike.

The chief secretary also directed officials to link self-help groups (SHGs) of the district with employment generation activities.

The products prepared by these groups should be utilized in hostels, ashrams and police camps,  as it will provide continuity of employment for the members of the SHGs, he said.

Similarly, under the ‘Suposhan drive’, pregnant women and new-mothers should be served hot food without fail, Mandal said.

He also directed that gauthan or cow-shelters be converted into livelihood centres to create employment for the rural people.

The chief secretary further said  that  beneficiary-oriented schemes should be provided to the forest land title holders while medium and minor irrigation schemes should be enhanced to provide irrigation water for the farmers of the district.

Horticulture crops should also be promoted and encouraged, he said.

He directed senior officials from the agriculture, health, women and child welfare and other departments  to undertake regular field visits to access  departmental work.

Mandal instructed secretary in-charge of the district Kamalpreeth Singh to coordinate with all the departments to implement the special work plan.