Odisha has now become a top performer State at national level in implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MGNREGS).
This has been discussed in the 4th Governing Body meeting of Odisha MGNREGS Society held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Aditya Prasad Padhi in Secretariat conference hall wherein Secretary Panchayati Raj Sri Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh presented the updates for discussion.
Sri Singh said that in the current financial year (as of 25th Feb) Odisha has come up to 8th Position in utilization of funds under MGNREGS from its 12th position in the year 2014-15. In the process Odisha has gone ahead of the leading States like Karnataka, Kerala and Maharastra during the current year.
While complimenting the department and the field level officers for this achievement, Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed them to bring more projects into the fold of convergence with MGNREGS. Various departments were asked to formulate appropriate project proposals and scale up their activities at the ground level.
Development Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary Finance Sri R. Balakrishnan, present in the meeting was asked to issue suitable advisories to all departments in this regard. Available data show that the total utilization of funds under the scheme during the current fiscal up to 25th Feb, 2016 has been to the tune of Rs. 1746 cr. The total utilization during the fiscal year 2014-15 was around Rs. 1059 cr.
Secretary Panchayati Raj Sri Singh expressed the hope that the total utilization might touch Rs.2000 cr by end of March, 2016. Around 6 cr man days have been created up to 25th Feb, 2016 against the total man days of 5 cr created during 2014-15. The achievement in this indicator has crossed 85%.
Around 16.93 lakh households have been provided employment during this period which shows an achievement of 89%. Participation of women and ST & SC people in man days created has been 95% and 97% respectively. Innovative methods adopted for convergence has helped various departments to implement a number of projects worth of Rs.616.42 cr up to 25th Feb, 2016.
The departments like Forest & Environment, Horticulture, Watershed Development, Textile, Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Programme, Women & Child Development Department, Panchayati Raj have been the leading departments in convergence of their programmes with MGNREGS. The major programmes taken under the convergence include plantation of both the forest & fruit bearing species, creation of water bodies, water conservation structures, land development, raising of poultry sheds, construction of anagwadi buildings, rural housing etc.
The Principal Secretary Forest & Environment Sri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Principal Secretary Cooperation Sri Manoj Ahuja, Secretary Works Sri Nalini Kanta Pradhan, senior officers from concerned departments along with the representatives from civil society participated in deliberations.