New Delhi: In an attempt to prevent the misuse of funds under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), the Planning Commission will seek cabinet approval for appointment of evaluation officers to ensure that the money is not misappropriated.
“The Planning Commission has already received favourable comments in this regard from all concerned departments including Ministries of Finance and Panchayati Raj,” said Sudha Pillai, secretary, Planning Commission, while releasing the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) study on Future Job: Employment Challenges. The Cabinet note would be finalized within a week’s time and would subsequently be sent on to government for its approval, Pillai added.
The mandate of the evaluation officers, 25-30 officials initially who will come within the jurisdiction of the plan panel would be to ensure that money allocated for employment generation in schemes like NREGA is not at all misappropriated by middle men.
Pillai also indicated that the new employment policy, which is expected to be announced soon, would not be anti-industry and would take care of all in an equitable manner. She said the new policy is being framed in a manner so that it influences future monetary, agriculture, trade, industrial, export and import policies so that these together create maximum employment and ensure inclusive growth. ASSOCHAM president Swati Piramal, who was present at the occasion, said the study has projected 87.37 million new jobs by 2015 with a very significant share of 32 percent by the manufacturing sector followed by the trade and construction. The next most important source of new employment is expected to be trade with 24.24 million new jobs followed by construction with a figure of 15.13 million. Employment in IT and ITeS is expected to grow very fast to increase from 1.62 million in 2007 to 3.28 million by 2015, the study says.