Thursday, March 8, 2012

Assam lagging behind in giving 100 days of work

GUWAHATI: Assam has to do a lot more to improve the rate of implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) by ensuring 100 days work for the beneficiaries.
According to figures compiled by the Union ministry of rural development, 1008364 households demanded employment under MNREGA during 2011-2012 up to March. Though 1002870 out of 1008364 families were provided employment, only 9131 availed 100 days of work, the ministry said. The average "persondays" of work per household in the state for the current fiscal is 22.53.
In Dima Hasao district, 5551 out of 5572 households were provided jobs. But none of them had 100 days work for the current fiscal. Dibrugarh district could provide 100 days of work to only seven out of 24656 households who were provided with employment under the Act. A total of 25014 families in Dibrugarh sought employment during the fiscal.
Nine out of 25090 households availed 100 days work in Karimganj district. Dhubri and Golaghat districts could provide 100 days of work to only 10 households each against 25048 and 22844 respectively.
Among the 27 districts, the highest number of households provided with 100 days work is Kokrajhar. Out of 48570 families, which were provided employment in Kokrajhar district, 4319 got 100 days work. Karbi Anglong stood second among the districts in providing 100 days works to 1159 households. In the remaining 20 districts, the number of households getting 100 days works ranged between 943 in Dhemaji and 19 in Cachar.
Last month, Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh reviewed the implementation of various rural welfare schemes, including MNREGA, in the northeast. Ramesh, during a function here, has specifically emphasized on proper utilization of funds under MNREGA.
Ramesh said each of the 2200-odd panchayats in the state get Rs 1 crore under MNREGA. The union minister also reminded the state government of MNREGA scams emerging in different parts of the country, and asked for strict monitoring of funds.
source: TOI

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