New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) The Rajya Sabha today expressed concern over the corruption prevailing in the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and demanded the government to set up a proper Monitoring Mechanism to check the siphoning of the funds under the scheme.
Initiating a short duration discussion on the Situation arising out of the misuse of funds provided by the Central Government under the National Rural Employment Gurantee Programme, Mr V Narayanasamy of the Congress said the Centre provided 90 per cent of the funds under the programme meant to provide jobs to rural poor. However, at many places in Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh he saw that a lot of funds under the scheme were being siphoned of and corruption was prevalent.
He urged Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh to set up an effective monitoring committee having public representatives to check the mismanagement, corruption, misuse and siphoning of funds under it.
According to Mr Narayanasamy, though the scheme was launched by the UPA government, many state governments were projecting it as the Chief Ministers programme to serve political purpose and through propoganda on which more than stipulated funds were being spent.
He charged that the minimum wages stipulated under NREGA was not being paid to the people working under it, there was delay in payment and funds were being diverted for other purpose. The Congress leader said at many places instead of manual labour machines were being used for projects which was against the rules.
Mr Narayanasamy said an effective monitoring committee must be set up with public representatives to make the district collectors accountable and to ensure that the funds under NREGA were not misused, mismanaged and diverted.