‘DPC NREGS/Chura-chandpur is ready to release funds under NREGS 2008-09 to the villages which have executed the NREGS scheme satisfactorily, said a statement handed over to the media at a press conference convened by the Deputy Commissioner/ DPC NREGS Churaphand-pur, Sumant Singh, IAS.
The funds will.however, be release based on the performances of villages in the preceding fiscal DRDA and BDO offices have graded the villages based on four parameters and the funds will be allocated depending on their merits.
Each village authority has to provide full sanctioned days of employment, make full payment, execute the works under material cost as specified and make available all expenditure records in order to receive funds from the next fiscal, otherwise, they shall not be entitled for 2008-09 funds the statement said.
DC/CCpur and DPC NREGS Sumant Singh said in a briefing at his official conference hall today that sanctioning of 2008-09 funds were delayed due to defaults of some pockets of VAs in fulfilling the required parameters.
He however said, VAs and BDOs/POs will be held responsible for the failure, if the required parameters have not been fulfilled in the next two weeks, and that steps would be initiated to recover, the unutilized funds.
A total of 1153 projects – big and small, including 2100 kms of Inter Village Roads have been taken up under NREGS in 2007-08 at about650 villages under 10 TD blocks at an estimated cost of about 33.5 crores.
And above 27.39 lakhs of persondays have been generated from 45119 Job Card holders in doing the same.
When asked of the greatest adversity witness by the implementing agency, Singh said, lack of sincerity on the part of the VAs’ as the factor that sweats them the most.
When quoted an inside source on the ineffectiveness of BDOs, he promptly nodded and confess that tardy BDOs were a part in delaying the implementation.
Vowing to be ‘selective and choosy’ in releasing the next fund to VAs, Singh said an amount of Rs 10 crores have been released as a first installment for the district under NREGS 2008-09.With the district on the threshold of releasing funds for the new fiscal, NREGS which has become ‘the talk of the town’ also witness an escalated application for registration of new villages.
According to the Deputy Commissioner not less than a dozen villages have applied for registration since the implementation of NREGS in 2007.But, the government adopting a rigid stand on the issue these NREGS footed villages will have a tough time convincing the government.
In fact, NREGS has given a 20-25% booze in daily wages of labourers here; at least a couple of independent and one official survey have authenticated the findings.
Source: The Sangai Express