New Delhi: The Centre has come up with a novel programme for effective implementation of various Central schemes on rural development, involving enthusiastic youth and people associated with social work.

According to reports, prior to implementation of the new scheme across the country, a pilot project would initially be run to check its efficacy. The selection procedure for the eligible candidates has already begun in 43 districts selected for the project.

Secretary Rural Development, B K Sinha said the selection of the young candidates and social activists for the pilot project has been completed and they are being trained now. “Two years after the pilot project, the scheme would be implemented on national level. All the states have given their consent to the Centre over the scheme,” Sinha said.

Sinha, however, maintained that such volunteers would not be paid any stipend.

He said, “A large number of people are voluntarily coming forward to participate in the scheme. However, preference would be given to the people from rural areas.”

For the pilot project, a maximum number of six blocks have been selected from Bihar, while only Mau development block of Chitrakoot district has been chosen from a big state like Uttar Pradesh.