Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam has ordered resumption of MGNREGA works in J&K with directions to follow Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) amid the lockdown in the Union Territory. However there will be no activity allowed in the red zones.
As per an order, the Chief Secretary, who is also chairman of State Executive Committee, directed the District Development Commissioners (DDCs) across J&K to allow MGNREGA activities in their respective areas outside the containment zones.
“The DDCs will provide duty passes to the field functionaries including Block Development Officers (BDOs), Village Level Workers, Junior Engineer, Programme Officers, TA, and GRS on need bases for implementation of MGNREGA works,” reads the order.
The order directs for maintaining social distancing, use of protective face covers, masks, repeated washing of hands of officials, field staff and workers.
The Chief Secretary has fixed priority to irrigation and water conservation works as permissible under MGNREGA. The central sponsored scheme will focus on individual oriented works directly benefiting Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), and women headed house-holds as well as small and marginal farmers and other poor households.
The departments have been directed to adhere to 60:40 labour-material ratios as per the guideline.
While declining permission to industrial or manufacturing activity in red zone areas, the Chief Secretary has allowed the manufacturing of essential commodities like basic food processing activities, food items, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing activities like units repairing transformers and parts material needed in power supply distribution, units producing cardboards wooden boxes for apple/fruit packing to maintain supply chain.
These activities were allowed quoting guidelines by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
Similarly, the construction activities will also be resumed in Union Territory for which executive engineers have been tasked to identify the work to be resumed during the lockdown period.
These officers will prepare list of such projects and share information with the respective district magistrates for permission and movement like minimum labourers, transportation of raw material and will share minimum staff required for the purpose.
In municipal limits, the government has ordered the labourers and constriction workers shall have to stay inside the construction site.
In construction projects in rural areas, the labourers have been asked to stay in the area adjoining the construction sites and no huge scale daily movement of labourers will be allowed.