Congressman K Muraleedharan nominates central government candidates to DISHA – The New Indian Express

Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Majority of District Development Coordinating and Monitoring Committees (DISHA) and their apex body at state level in Kerala are functioning without Union Government candidates.

The state-run BJP seems less concerned about the lack of representation on the committees that monitor the implementation of various development projects, including 41 central regimes. Union government representatives on the committees, four unofficial members in each forum, are to be appointed by the Union Ministry of Rural Development.

Only the district committees of Kozhikode and Kannur have candidates from the central government. Interestingly, these candidates were nominated by the MoRD based on a recommendation from Congressman K Muraleedharan.

“The district committees were formed in 2016 and the state level committee in December 2020. The BJP state leadership is to be blamed for the non-representation as they could not submit lists of candidates for the national leadership party to ensure the proper implementation of the central programs. It is a disgrace to the party that its privilege has been hijacked by a congressman,” said a local BJP leader in Kannur who did not did not want to be named.

BJP leader and member of the party’s national executive, PK Krishnadas, said the party had submitted a list of candidates to the Centre. He claimed the delay was due to the indifference of MoRD officers. However, he could not explain how the candidates nominated by K Muraleedharan were nominated by the MoRD. “The MP can recommend one person. But I don’t know about the rest of the candidates,” he said.

Muraleedharan said The new Indian Express that he presented a list of candidates on the basis of a request from the MoRD. All were selected, he said.

MORD Appointment Guidelines

Unofficial members appointed by the MoRD can be selected from three categories. Each committee must have a woman and a member of the SC or ST categories.

  • Eminent person in social, academic or public fields with knowledge on socio-economic development

  • Eminent representative of a civil society organization

  • Prominent senior

Composition of DISHA

The President of DISHA must be a member of Lok Sabha. Other Lok Sabha members in the district are co-chairs. The district receiver is the member-secretary. There are about 40 members, including officers from various departments and people’s representatives.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Majority of District Development Coordinating and Monitoring Committees (DISHA) and their apex body at state level in Kerala are functioning without Union Government candidates. The state-run BJP seems less concerned about the lack of representation on the committees that monitor the implementation of various development projects, including 41 central regimes. Union government representatives on the committees, four unofficial members in each forum, are to be appointed by the Union Ministry of Rural Development. Only the district committees of Kozhikode and Kannur have candidates from the central government. Interestingly, these candidates were nominated by the MoRD based on a recommendation from Congressman K Muraleedharan. “The district committees were formed in 2016 and the state level committee in December 2020. The BJP state leadership is to be blamed for the non-representation as they could not submit lists of candidates for the national leadership party to ensure the proper implementation of the central programs. It is a disgrace to the party that its privilege has been hijacked by a congressman,” said a local BJP leader in Kannur who did not did not want to be named. BJP leader and member of the party’s national executive, PK Krishnadas, said the party had submitted a list of candidates to the Center. He claimed the delay was due to indifference MoRD officers. However, he could not explain how the candidates nominated by K Muraleedharan were nominated by the MoRD. “The MP can recommend a person. But I don’t know about the rest of the candidates,” he said. Muraleedharan told the New Indian Express that he had submitted a list of candidates based on a request from the MoRD. All were shortlisted, he said MORD APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES Unofficial members appointed by the MoRD can be selected from three categories Each committee must have one woman and one member from the SC or ST categories Distinguished person from social, academic fields or public with knowledge of socio-economic development Prominent representative of a civil society organization Prominent senior citizen Composition of DISHA Chairperson of DISHA should be a Lok Sabha member Other Lok Sabha members in the district are co-chairs The district receiver is the secretary-member.There are about 40 members, including officers from various departments and representatives of the people.

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