States hold meetings of Monitoring Committee to review NREGA

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New Delhi, Jun 3 (UNI) Several States and Union Territories have stepped up conduct of regular State and District Level Monitoring Committee meetings for a periodical review of the implementation of various Centrally sponsored Rural Development Schemes.

During the year 2007-08 as many as 35 SL-V&MC meetings have been held in states/UTs. During the same period, 881 DL-V&MC meetings were in 551 districts. These meetings are a follow up of the request of Ministers of Rural Development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh to all Chief Ministers to ensure the meetings of State and District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee at regular intervals as per norms during the current year (2008-09).

Accordingly, State and District level Vigilance and Monitoring Committees (V&MCs) have been constituted in all the states and Districts to ensure benefits of the programmes of this Ministry flow to the rural poor in full measure by effective monitoring of implementation of the programmes, Detailed guidelines on composition, role and functions of these Committees as well as instructions for conducting meetings have been issued to all concerned.

It has been stipulated that the meetings of these committees may be held on a quarterly basis. Instructions have also been issued that the District Collectors/District Magistrates will be the Member Secretary of such a committee and will be responsible for organising the DL-V&MC meetings.

The objective of these Vigilance and Monitoring Committees includes providing a crucial role to the Members of Parliament and elected representatives of the people in State Legislatures and the Panchayati Raj Institution by including them in these bodies. They also put in place a mechanism to monitor the execution of the programmes in the most effective manner so that large public funds are put to optimum use and the benefits of the programmes flow to the rural poor in full measure. The involvement of People's representatives would also ensure transparency and accountability.

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