RDD refutes allegations


Jammu, Jan 26: The official spokesperson of the Rural Development Department on Saturday refuted the contents of the news item regarding the implementation of MGNREGA in the state terming it as a fabric of imagination and jugglery of words of a particular political party.
 The spokesman maintained that this flagship programme is being implemented through Gram Panchayati Raj Institutions in J&K and said that the school of thought never wants the grass-root level democratic institutions to get strengthened. He said the Panchayati Raj institutions are involved right from the planning process marked by the preparation of the annual shelf of projects and the annual labour demand projection under MGNREGA and then 100% implementation through these village level PRIs, appear not to have suited the leaders of the opposition, who apparently are finding it extremely difficult to share the political power with the grass root level democratically elected panches and sarpanches who are implementing this flagship programme very successfully.
 He said the spokesperson of the particular party without proper scrutiny of the MGNREGA figures, which are in public domain through Computerized MIS (NREGA Soft) on the Ministry of Rural Development's website, has alleged that during the period of last four years since 2009-10 GoI has released Rs. 1700 crore in favour of the state of J&K and that the state has not been able to spent more than 50% of the MGNREGA funds received from Govt. of India. But, contrary to these baseless allegations the factual position is that the scheme was launched in February 2006 initially in three districts of the state in first phase when PDP was in power in the state. The year wise off-take of the MGNREGA funds from Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India during the PDP rule from 2006 to 2008 was Rs 29.18 crore in 2006-07, Rs 69.14 crore in 2007-08 and Rs 98.82 crore in 2008-09. Whereas, after the PDP rule in the state the year wise off-take of central funds under MGNREGA has been like Rs 138.21 crore in 2009-10, Rs 321.49 crore in 2010-11, Rs 781.15 crore in 2011-12 and till December 2012 in the current FY it is Rs. 457.34 crore. The year wise figures of the  10% state matching share released by the state government from time to time are also in public domain which are Rs. 3.32 crore in 2006-07, Rs. 6.18 crore in 2007-08, Rs. 15.78 crore in 2008-09, Rs. 18.86 crore in 2009-10, Rs. 50.46 crore in 2010-11, Rs. 70.74 crore in 2011-12 and Rs. 71.58 crore of state matching share has already been released during the current FY upto December 2012-13 which is sufficient to lift Rs. 715.80 crore of Central releases under the scheme in the current financial year, the approved labour budget for the current FY 2012-13 is Rs. 1077.51 crore(90% being the anticipated central releases equalling Rs. 970 crore approximately), he added.
 The spokesman said it would be essential to highlight here the figures of year wise expenditure under MGNREGA in the state which of course are also in public domain to expose the blatant lie of the spokesperson of the particular party according to whom since 2009-10 the state received Rs.1800 crore from Govt. of India and has been able to spend only 50% of it till date. The year wise expenditure figures since the inception of the scheme are Rs. 35.11 crore in 2006-07, Rs. 65.26 crore in 2007-08, Rs. 86.90 crore in 2008-09, Rs. 194.42 crore in 2009-10,   Rs. 378.28 crore in 2010-11, Rs. 776.72 crore in 2011-12 and in the current FY 2012-13 upto December 2012 an amount of Rs. 430 crore has been spent generating 20853900 mandays of employment in the current year.
 Anybody challenging these figures and the transparency mechanism like disbursement of wage payment directly into the MGNREGA labourer's bank/post office accounts and public disclosure of the scheme related information on NREGA and through social audits being adopted under the implementation of this flagship programme is living in a fool's paradise, he maintained.
 The spokesman challenged the allegations of the spokesperson of the party that the selection of the contractual supporting staff recruited on contractual basis under MGNREGA has been politicized by the present Government, maintaining that it is mere a political mudslinging and there is not a single example to substantiate this criticism by the party. He said the present Government has been successful in providing job opportunities to thousands of unemployed youth of the state under this programme.
 Likewise, the allegation that the state Government is sponsoring its political functions through MGNREGA funds are totally baseless and unfounded and only show the political bankruptcy of the political party, the spokesman added.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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