Speed up Rural Employees Guarantee Scheme in Andaman: LG

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Port Blair, Aug 14 (UNI) The Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands have asked senior officers of local Administration to speed up the implementation work of Andaman and Nicobar Rural Employees Guarantee Scheme (ANREGS) which came into force in the remote Islands from April 2008.

Addressing a high level meeting here on Wednesday evening the Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mr Bhopinder Singh directed the implementing agencies for speedy implementation of the scheme in the Islands and to start the execution of projects on priority basis by utilizing the allotted fund in an effective manner.

As the implementation of the scheme aims at providing wage employment to the rural population, the Govt is extending top priority for its faster implementation. In view of this, PRIs, all Deputy Commissioners and Head of Departments should work collectively as a team and ensure that benefits of the scheme start flowing to the rural people, Singh said in the meeting, which was attended by almost all the senior level officers of Andaman and Nicobar Administration including the Chairperson of Andaman's lone Zilla Parishad.

During the meeting the Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Rural Development and Local Self Government) Mr. Ved Prakash informed that the implementation of the scheme is progressing well.

After identification of the projects to be implemented, the labour budget requirement has been projected to the Govt. of India, Mr Prakash added.

The Deputy Commissioners of the three Districts of the Islands present during the meeting highlighted the status of progress and the initiatives taken for implementation of the scheme in their respective district.

The Administration has already done the survey for this scheme and more than 45,000 households have been registered in the Islands besides appointing required staff and conducting awareness campaign for wide publicity of the scheme.

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