In order to prevent leakages in the flagship rural job programme, all wage payments to MGNREGA workers will be made through Direct Benefit Transfer to bank accounts of the beneficiaries from April this year, Government today said.
Addressing a MGNREGA Sammelan on the occasion of the programme completing ten years, Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said that from April 1, 2016 all wage payments to MGNREGA workers will be done through DBT.
Currently, 94 per cent of the wage payments are directly deposited in the account of beneficiaries, Singh said.
For smooth fund flow, the electronic Fund Management System (e-FMS) has been made mandatory from April 1 this year.
The Minister said that among the reforms responsible for revival of MGNREGA are timely release of funds to states to provide work on demand, an electronic fund management system, consistent coordination between banks and post offices besides monitoring of pendency of payments.
The person day generation is the highest in the second quarter at 45.88 crore and in the third quarter at 46.10 crore than it has been in the last five years.
Singh also said that more than 64 per cent of total expenditure was on agriculture and allied activities and 57 per cent of all workers were women, well above the statutory requirement of 33 per cent, the highest in three years.
Minister of State for Rural Development Sudarshan Bhagat said that since the start of the programme, the expenditure on it has amounted to Rs 3,13,844.55 crore and out of this 71 per cent has been spent on wage payments to workers.
He said, the focus for the upcoming years will be on simplification and strengthening of procedures and a Master Circular is being issued today which consolidates all key instructions from the central government on the implementation of the Act.
Bhagat said the Ministry will also aim to train and place 10,000 Barefoot Technicians from worker households and through Project LIFE, skill and train workers for wages, for self-employment and livelihood upgradation.
Modi also attacked the Congress over stalling Rajya Sabha saying ever since “a tea seller” came to power at the Centre, the opposition party has not been able to reconcile itself to the defeat and loss of power.
“In the last 19 months, there has been no corruption charge against anyone. No scam. They are worried ‘what can we do with Modi’. So they decided not to allow Rajya Sabha (to function). We will stall Modi. Several bills are pending there. What is this politics. Don’t damage the country,” he said in an apparent reference to the stalling of the GST bill by the Congress in the upper house.
The Prime minister said in Lok Sabha the government was able to carry out its business and pass bills. When they came to power, the government decided to scrap 1,800 antiquated laws which were for the benefit of poor.
Modi said the Lok Sabha has already scrapped 700 laws but they are pending in Rajya Sabha. What the Congress is doing is against the poor and deprived of the country.
He said the Lok Sabha has passed a bill to provide for higher bonus payment to poor labour but the Opposition did not allow it to be passed in the Rajya Sabha.
“But the government’s priority is to work for the welfare of dalits, backwards, the oppressed and the depressed. From our side, we will not spare any efforts,” Modi said.
He said that not a single day has passed since they came to power without a good initiative from the government in the interest of the poor.