Centre slams JK over poor NREGA implementation

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Mar 25: In a major embarrassment to the state government, the Centre has spotted loopholes in implementation of flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) works in J&K, saying only 21.3 percent works were completed in 2011-2012 while 70,000 works have been delayed for more than three months.
 The Union Ministry of Rural Development has sent a letter to this effect to the State Chief Secretary.
 “The major implementation issues of MNREGA need to be urgently addressed. One of them is initiation of adequate steps towards timely work completion. On 10.01.2013 as many as 0.80 lakh works under MGNREGA are running behind schedule. Out of this 0.70 lakh which amounts to 87 percent of total works have been delayed for more than three months. Further the work completion rate during the Financial Year 2011-2012 was only 21.32 percent,” the letter, copy of which is with GK, reads.
 The letter has also raised a question over the payment of wages to the workers saying “as on 10.01.2013 Rs 9.91 crore of wage payment was delayed for more than 90 days. There should be generation of e-musters in place of manual musters to reduce scope for misuse.”
 Pointing a finger at the labour budgeting (LB) of the MGNREGA by the state government, the letter mentions there is huge gap in projection and estimation. “In the last two years the State has not been able to make a realistic labour budgeting estimate. During 2011-12, against a projected LB of 356.40 lakh person-days, only 208.11 person days (59 %) of the employment could be generated. Similarly up to 3rd quarter of the FY-2012-13, against the projection of 229.19 lakh person-days only 44 percent could be generated up to 31-12-2012,” the letter reads.
 The central ministry has also pointed out that ‘large gap between the projections and achievements of LB indicates that the processes like identification, planning of works, consolidation of plans, and preparation of appropriate shelf of projects, implementation of these projects through PRI’s and their regular monitoring has not been fully adhered to.’
 The Ministry has assured the Chief Secretary that funds are always available but with a rider. “Funds are not a constraint under MGNREGA. The release of central share to the state depends largely on an agreed and realistic labour budget and how quickly and efficiently state is able to utilize the funds available with it and how it addresses institutional/ programmatic issues,” the letter reads.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST




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