From the subsequent fiscal, the Centre won’t give funds for employment assure scheme MGNREGS to states that don’t appoint ombudspersons in 80 per cent of their districts the place the scheme has been utilized, a high authorities official stated on Sunday.
As per particulars accessible with the Union Rural Development Ministry, states comparable to BJP-ruled Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa, and TRS-ruled Telangana, and union territories comparable to Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli don’t a single ombudsperson for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MDNREGS).
Similarly, there are states which have appointed ombudspersons in only a few districts comparable to Congress-ruled Rajasthan, the place solely 4 out of the 33 districts beneath the scheme have ombudspersons. In TMC-ruled West Bengal, ombudspersons have been appointed in 4 out of 23 districts beneath the scheme.
The state of affairs is analogous in Haryana and Punjab. Both have 22 districts every beneath the scheme, however solely 4 such districts in Haryana and 7 in Punjab have ombudspersons, as per knowledge accessible with the ministry.
“Ideally, states ought to appoint ombudspersons in all their districts beneath the MGNREGS. The states which do not appoint ombudspersons in at the least 80 per cent of the overall districts beneath MGENREGS, which is the minimal threshold restrict, wouldn’t get funds from the subsequent monetary yr for the implementation of the employment assure scheme,” Secretary, Rural Development, Nagendra Nath Sinha advised PTI.
Launching the Ombudsperson app for MGNREGS on Thursday, Union Rural Development Minister Giriraj Singh had expressed considerations over non-appointment of ombudspersons in numerous districts, and stated it has been observed that individuals belonging to political events had been appointed at many locations.
“The ministry wouldn’t launch funds to these states which do not appoint ombudspersons as per the supply of the MGNREGA,” Singh advised PTI.
The minister additionally requested all states and union territories to cooperate with the central authorities in making MGNREGA extra clear through the use of the Ombudsperson app.
According to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), states are mandated to nominate an ombudsperson for every district for receiving grievances, enquiring and passing awards as per tips of the Union Rural Development Ministry, which is the nodal ministry for implementation of the employment assure programme.
MGNREGA is geared toward enhancing livelihood safety of households in rural areas of the nation by offering at the least 100 days of assured wage employment in a monetary yr to each family whose grownup members volunteer to do unskilled guide work.
In the primary part, the scheme was carried out in 200 most backward districts with impact from February 2, 2006. This was subsequently prolonged to further 113 and 17 districts with impact from April 1, 2007 and May 15, 2007, respectively.
The remaining districts had been included beneath the Act with impact from April 1, 2008. The Act now covers nearly all rural districts of the nation.
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