State Falling Short On NREGS Guidelines

IMPHAL, Dec 8: Union Ministry of Rural Development has expressed dissatisfaction over the failure of the State Government to adhere to the guidelines of implementing National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) with regard to holding of Vigilance & Monitoring Committee meetings.

In a letter dispatched to the Department of Rural Development, Government of Manipur, advisor to Ministry of Rural Development CTK Nair has pointing out that the meetings of the State and district level Vigilance & Monitoring Committees are to be held once in every quarter as per guidelines. But the number of meetings held in Manipur during 2009-10 and 2010-2011 has indicated that these guidelines have not been adhered to.

Furthermore, the advisor pointed out that the information uploaded by the State Government on the Ministry’s website shows that no State level Vigilance & Monitoring meetings have been held in Manipur in the last two years.

The number of Vigilance & Monitoring Committee meetings at the district level during 2010-2011 is also disappointing, the advisor said, while warning that the Ministry may be constrained to withhold release of fund to the districts which do not hold regular meetings of Vigilance & Monitoring Committees.

Taking note that the details of the meetings have not been duly uploaded on the website of the Ministry, the advisor suggested that special attention should be paid to ensure updating the website immediately after meetings are held as the information is required very frequently for various Parliamentary Committees.

Meanwhile, a top official of the Rural Development Department, Government has Manipur has conveyed that State and District level Vigilance & Monitoring Committees have been set up with Rural Development Minister as the chairman of the State level committee while an MP as the chairman of the district level committee. Efforts are being made for convening the meetings of the State as well as the District level committees one after another.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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