In a move that would give a boost to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA),the district administration has this year set aside Rs 45 crore for generating jobs,a more than three-fold jump from last years Rs 13 crore. According to officials,the aim is to cover 80 per cent farmers under the scheme.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had recently announced that the state had spent 345 crore on the implementation of MGNREGA in 2010-11,while last year it had touched Rs 1,500 crore.
The scheme aims at enhancing livelihood security of people by guaranteeing hundred days of employment in a financial year adult members of rural households volunteering to do unskilled manual work.
As in most part of the state,in Pune,too,the scheme has not seen many takers in the past two years,has picked up.
According to district officials,labourers had been preferring to work for the private sector. We are trying to change this mindset and have readied a list of beneficiaries, said the officials.
The state has seen good registrations under the scheme in Gondia,Bhandara,Gadchiroli,Chandrapur,Melghat and Nandurbar districts. The other districts including Pune are slowly picking up, said the officials from the rural employment department.
With the rural development ministry having announced that chartered accountants will audit expenses under the MGNREGA,more transparency will be ensured,said the officials.
The ministry issued a circular a few weeks ago prescribing guidelines for the audit and certification of MGNREGA-related activities by chartered accountants at the gram panchayat level.
The ministry had stated that the scheme covers around five crore households,which amounts to 25 per cent of all rural households in the country. The minimum daily wage per day per person is Rs 100 but the rate varies from state to state. The ministry wants to ensure that Rs 40,000 crore reaches the beneficiaries.