NREGA complaints to be inquired in 30 days-Naveen

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 23 (UNI) All complaints relating to NREGA will be inquired within a month, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said here today.

The Chief Minister said this while a six-member delegation of the Central Employment Gurantee Council(CEGC) called on him today after making a field visit to Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj and Sundergarh districts.

The team, led by former Rajasthan Minister Ask Ali Tak, visited the three districts from November 20 to 22 to study the implementation of the scheme, interact with the beneficiaries and the government.

The delegation told mediapersons here that though the implementation of the scheme had made significant progress in the state during the past few months still a lot had to be done.

During the visit, '' We have found inadequate job card maintenance, lack of transparency in muster rolls and continued involvement of contractors and leakages. '' The delegation urged the government to create more awareness about the scheme to maintain transparency, redesign the job card, conduct regular social audits, prompt action on complaints and make effective grievance redressal arrangements for the effective implementation of the scheme.

The delegation wanted the job card to have space for wage payments and the telephone number of concerned Block Development Officers and detail about the job to keep it free from corruption.

The team also urged the government to hold the council meeting regularly which had not met even once, and conduct social audit to maintain the transparency.

''Since major portion of land mass was lying under the forest department,the delegation wanted the forest department to be proactive and take up mega projects under NREGA programme for the benefit of the poor,'' the delegation stated.

The members also urged the government to change the definition of family and provide job cards to every able bodied person in a family.

The delegation also wanted the government to fix accountability for specific work on officials responsible for any lapses in the implementation of scheme.

UNI

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