Bodhgaya (Gaya): A peaceful social revolution in rural India is possible only through self-help groups of women, said Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh here on Saturday.

According to him, if such revolutions have been witnessed in other states like Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Bihar will also have a similar change soon.

Supporting the Bihar’s proposal to set up a separate independent national commission to determine the number of BPL families in the state, the Union Minister said he had no differences with the state government regarding the BPL list.

He said, “The limit of BPL families fixed by the Planning Commission is wrong and we will bring the matter to its attention as well as that of the Prime Minister.”

“The Rural Development Ministry is planning a fresh survey of the BPL families which will not be based on the criteria of the Planning Commission. Because, we do not want division on the basis of BPL and APL households,” he added.

Further, he informed, “The office of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has agreed to appoint Auditor Generals in important and big states of India to monitor the implementation of the rural development schemes.”

Talking to women in Shekhwara village, he also made an effort to assess the Bihar government’s claims of development in the state, besides invited their suggestions to curb Naxalism.

The Minister also asked their opinions on the policies of the government.

Emphasizing on family planning, he said, “Small families can bring in economic prosperity.”  He expressed amazement to see their savings after having a look at their passbooks of bank accounts.

Inspecting a livelihood stall at a community centre, he took note of the advantages of SRI (System of Rice Intensification) technique in production of paddy.

(JPN/Bureau)