Govt to Add more Works un­der Ru­ral Jobs Scheme Based on Re­quire­ments of States

The Economic Times - - Economy -

The govern­ment will re­vise the list of jobs un­der the coun­try’s largest ru­ral em­ploy­ment guar­an­tee scheme, MGNREGS, based on the re­quire­ment of in­di­vid­ual states. The move, which will make states more ac­count­able to the Ma­hatma Gandhi Na­tional Ru­ral Em­ploy­ment Guar­an­tee Scheme, is in line with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s view that the na­tion’s progress lies in the progress of states. Ru­ral de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Gopinath Munde will soon meet his coun­ter­part in each state to de­cide on the new jobs that can be added to the scheme for the bet­ter­ment of vil­lages. Al­though an ex­haus­tive list ex­ists for this pur­pose, the min­is­ter feels that most of them are not vi­able. “I will hold a meet­ing with state ru­ral de­vel­op­ment min­is­ters af­ter the Par­lia­ment ses­sion to seek their view on the works that can be added un­der MGNREGA to help in the de­vel­op­ment of vil­lages,” Munde told ET. Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior of­fi­cial, the ru­ral de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter of each state will be ex­pected to draw up a list of jobs, in con­sul­ta­tion with gram pan­chay­ats, which need to be taken up on a pri­or­ity ba­sis to cre­ate durable as­sets in vil­lages. “This would en­cour­age state gov­ern­ments to take ini­tia­tives and a ded­i­cated stake­holder con­sul­ta­tion of this sort would also help in re­solv­ing dis­putes be­tween Cen­tre and states,” a se­nior of­fi­cial said. On the ex­ist­ing ref­er­ence list of jobs, Munde said, “Some of these works can­not be im­ple­mented on the ground. We need to look for more de­vel­op­men­to­ri­ented work.” The min­is­ter had ear­lier said he would give pri­or­ity to ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of MGNREGA and would want to link it to de­vel­op­ment of vil­lages, be­sides en­sur­ing that wages un­der the scheme are re­leased ev­ery week. Since the in­cep­tion of MGNREGS, al­most 51% of the per­mis­si­ble jobs are re­lated to wa­ter works.

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