New Delhi: With the aim of giving a fillip to the rural development schemes in 60 naxal-affected districts, the Centre is all set to recruit about 200 professionals who will assist the District Collectors in implementing and monitoring the central projects.

Under Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellows Programme, professionals holding degrees like B Tech and MBA will be recruited for a period of three years on a contractual basis.

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said, “This unique scheme was presented before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the meeting of the Collectors of naxal-hit districts.”

Though the Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellows Programme is yet to get nod of the Prime Minister, the proposal had been appreciated by the collectors of the naxal-hit districts.

Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) disseminates awareness programme in the rural areas through Non-Government Organizations (NGOs).

CAPART will bear the entire expenditure incurred on the recruitment process. They will be recruited in all the 60 naxal-hit districts coming under the Integrated Action Plan (IAP).

As per the proposal, B. Tech and MBA degree holders will get a salary of Rs 60,000 and Rs 70, 000, respectively.