HoFF clarifies on COSFOM-KFW project implementation
Principal chief conservator of forest Aditya K Joshi on Thursday clarified that funds for COSFOM-KFW project implementation in Ukhrul district have been released on instalment basis as per the requirement and guidelines.
Updated 12 May 2022, 10:51 pm
Principal chief conservator of forest and head of forest force, Manipur Forest department, Aditya K Joshi on Thursday clarified that funds for COSFOM-KFW project implementation in Ukhrul district have been released on instalment basis as per the requirement and guidelines.
In a rejoinder to news articles published in various local dailies on May 8 concerning the said project, Joshi, who is also project director, Community Forestry and Water Conservation Society, Manipur, stated that the news item highlighted on the erratic fund flows which apparently have caused hindrance to the working of the project.
The first release of funds was made on May 14, 2020. Subsequently, next batches of fund release were made on July 22, 2020, October 27, 2020, January 6, 2022 and March 16, 2022, it stated.
It stated that funds in the year 2021 were not released as the Village Micro plan was in progress. The preparation of Micro plans for a particular village is required for further release of funds. “Various exercises like Participatory Land Use Pattern (PLOP), Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Livelihood Improvement Plan (LIP) SHGs formation etc. were not completed then due to the pandemic COVID -19 restrictions in place in different villages of the district,” it stated.
Moreover, the release of funds for SHGs under Livelihood Improvement plan is done on an installment basis. First batch of instalment was released on January 6, 2022 for four SHGs each in Choithar and Shirui Village, it mentioned. The remaining funds for SHGs would be released on subsequent installments, it added.
Furthermore, there are three NGOs namely VEDAS, PARDA and CAPARV assigned to the village under the project under Ukhrul district, it further mentioned.
It stated that recruitment of the NGOs is done by calling attention to all the interested NGOs in the state by advertising in local newspapers. Preferences are also given to the local NGOs whenever possible. As per the application received from the NGOs and criteria fulfilled by the applicants, selections are done, it stated. “PARDA happens to be only the applicant received from Ukhrul district at that time. There are plans to further increase the number of NGOs serving the district and the same set of recruitment procedures would be followed as per the guidelines,” it added.
It also stated that the Water reservoir tank in Choithar has a proper Water inlet from the source of nearby stream. The inlet was temporarily diverted to accommodate the need for extra water for the upcoming New Church Building Dedication in Choithar, it stated.
The provision for the outlet is in place but has not been functional as the village authority has not decided which household would be supplied from this water reservoir tank, it added.
First published:12 May 2022, 10:51 pm
UKHRUL district, Manipur
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