Grant-in-aid to VDBs is one of the major State sponsored programme being implemented by the Department through the VDBs. There are 1285 VDBs in the State with 2,50,315 tax-paying households. Fund under this programme is allocated on the basis of number of tax-paying households @ Rs.1000/- for implementation of developmental activities. This is the only programme which ensures the participation of womenfolk in the activities of VDBs by earmarking 25% of the fund allocated to the village. Another 20% of the fund is also earmarked for youth programme in all the villages. This scheme ensures the active participation of all section of the rural people in taking up activities that is suitable to their needs. In addition, a mandatory scheme called VDB Welfare Fund is in place. Under this sector, funds are deposited @ Rs.10, 000/- for villages having 50 households and below and Rs.200/- per household for villages having 51 households and above from the general allocation to mobilize resources for the VDBs to supplement their activity. The deposits are made annually for a period of 6 years and at maturity the interest accrued will be utilized for the scheme and the seed money is re-invested, creating a continuous cycle of resource to supplement the grants provided by the State. Under this scheme, income generation is being emphasized to be implemented to improve the economy of the rural areas.
During 2020-21, an amount of Rs. 3500.00 Lakhs was proposed under State Plan which is yet to be released. From the 50% fund released during 2019-20, fund was utilised for accelerating immediate basic needs such as essential commodities and temporary setting up of Quarantine Centers at village level during COVID-19 pendemic. Significant Achievements of GIA are construction of Multi-Purpose buildings in phase wise has played a significant role in accelerating infrastructure and socio-economic development. Sanitation and Maintenance of Open Defecation free status in every village was initiated and implemented. Supply of drinking water and construction of rain Water Harvesting structure, Public well and renovation of Traditional wells are given importance.
During 2021-22, an amount of Rs. 3500.00 Lakhs is proposed under State programme.
Grant-in-Aid sanctioned for response to COVID - 19.