States allowed to appoint engineers for NREGA works
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New Delhi, May 10: Centre has permitted the states to deploy two engineers per 6,000 people of rural households to meet the shortage of key technical staff needed for effective implementation of the job guarantee scheme NREGA.
For the north-eastern states and hill states like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttranchal, the Rural Development Ministry has allowed the respective governments to deploy two engineers per 3,000 population of rural households.In a letter to all the state governments and Union Territory administration, the Rural Development Ministry has said "the expenditure on the (deployment of) engineers shall be met out of the component of administrative expenditure."
The ministry recently permitted the states to use 6 per cent of NREGA funds to meet their administrative expenditure incurred on the implementation of the programme.
During the last performance review committee meeting held on February 16 this year, the states had realised the issue of shortage of technical personnel in the blocks and gram panchayats for effective implementation of Mahatma Gandhi NREGA.
"This problem was seen to be resulting in breach of statutory provisions like delays in payment of wages, poor quality of works, forgery of muster rolls, failure in organisation of social audit and time-bound redressal of grievances," the ministry noted.
The states are also required to construct Bharat Nirman Rajiv Gandhi Sewa Kendra, which has been included as a permissible activity under NREGA, in blocks and gram panchayats on a priority basis.
"In order the resolve the aforesaid difficulties and protect the interest of the workers, states are permitted to deploy two engineers per 6,000 population of rural households," the ministry said.
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