The rural development ministry has identified unrealistic planning at gram panchayat level, lack of quality assets created, inadequate capacity of functionaries, inadequate technical staff, lack of monitoring and delay in...
The rural development ministry has identified unrealistic planning at gram panchayat level, lack of quality assets created, inadequate capacity of functionaries, inadequate technical staff, lack of monitoring and delay in wage payment, as factors adversely impacting the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
The report on performance, initiatives and strategies (FY15-16 and FY16-17) for MGNREGA released by the rural development ministry also identified issues such as poor maintenance of records, funds constraints, inadequate coverage of persons with disabilities and women in many states and non-compliance with the transparency and accountability provisions which are impacting the implementation of the mega scheme, which guarantees 100 days of manual work to each of the rural households annually.
However, the report also stated that in a bid to create durable assets under MGNREGA, states took upon themselves the targets relating to creation of farm ponds, vermi-compost, anganwadi centres and roadside plantation. “There is considerable thrust on individual assets creation like poultry, goatery and cattle sheds and various work related to Integrated Natural Resource Management since 2016-17,” the report stated.
Besides, the ministry has given thrust on seeding of MGNREGA beneficiaries’ bank accounts with Aadhaar for ensuring transparency. According to the report, 2.8 crore workers out of around 7 crore MGNREGA workers have started getting their wage payments through the Aadhaar-based payment system. On the impact of MGNREGA since the mega programme was launched in 2006, the report stated that when implemented properly, “it has reduced distress migration and provided a safety net for the poor during the lean agricultural season”.
‘Onus is on states’
Rural development minister Birender Singh on Tuesday said the onus is on the states to generate more work under MGNREGA especially during drought years. “Though we have made the provision of providing 150 days of work to each family in the drought-hit states, the demand for jobs under MGNREGA is inadequate because of other avenues available in the villages,” he said.