Since a very elaborate, analytical and reflective Special Progress has simultaneously been prepared, this Report will be brief and concise. However, this document should not be dismissed as a formality or the product of some perfunctory exercise. It’s purpose is to record Taluk wise figures and provide a continuum to the 6 monthly tracking exercise that we have undertaken.
The writing of this Special Progress Report was a 1½ month joint exercise in September and October 1997. We went through innumerable drafts till everyone was satisfied that we had captured not just the facts and figures, but also the feelings of elation, doubt and frustration that the implementation of such a huge and complex programme created. We gleaned a lot of learning to be able to plan ahead for the next 3 year 2nd Consortium Programme. The results of an operational perspective exercise carried out at the beginning of the year was also incorporated.