Tension Grips Nungba Over Fund Embezzlement

IMPHAL, Jun 20: The common issue of misappropriation of MGNREGS fund and forfeiting wages of workers entitled to the scheme as reported from different parts of the State has snowballed into a major issue in Nungba sub-divisional headquarters. Consequent upon the alleged MGNREGS fund misappropriation to the tune of Rs 15.40 lakhs, a very volatile situation now prevails in the sub- division. It is feared...

HC Issues Notice To Govt Respondents

IMPHAL, Mar 30: The Gauhati High Court, Imphal Bench today issued a notice of motion, returnable within four weeks, to State and Central respondents in connection with a writ petition filed by 14 job card holders of Naoriya Pakhanglakpa Gram Panchayat for nonpayment of unemployment allowance. The said petition is the first of its kind in Manipur, said a press release issued by Human Rights Law Network...

Pallel Area Longs For Scheme Fruit

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Despite the assurance of providing job for 100 days in a year under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), poor villagers under Pallel Gram Panchayat have been provided job only for 31 days in the last three years even as some activists who sought information in this regard were threatened. Among the many flagship programs of the Government of India aimed...

RTI Seeks Info On Road Fund

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Evoking relevant provisions under the Right to Information Act, a complaint has been lodged against alleged denial of fund meant for material components amounting to Rs 22 lakhs under MGNREGS in connection with construction of about 4 km long road in Longpi Kachui village of Ukhrul district. Though the fund had been allegedly withdrawn by the Deputy Commissioner and the Sub-Divisional...

No End To Tussle Over DRDA

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Continued concentration of administrative powers with Deputy Commissioners which otherwise should be vested with the Executive Directors of District Rural Development Agencies (DRDAs) has thrown a spanner in district level development works. Out of the nine districts of Manipur, respective DCs of Thoubal, Bishnupur and Chandel have devolved due administrative power to Executive Directors...

MGNREGS Benefits Still To Reach Many Rural Poor

IMPHAL, Feb 6: Because of many unscrupulous elements and discrepancies deliberately manufactured by the implementing agencies, the UPA Government’s flagship program. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is unable to deliver its intended benefits to a large section of the rural poor in Manipur. ‘I possess a job card but I don’t get any job. At Khwairamband...