Centre monitoring NREGA fund utilization

Centre monitoring NREGA fund utilization

New Delhi: The Centre has since April this year enhanced the daily wage given to persons seeking employment under the landmark NREGA to Rs100 per day but states like West Bengal have so far not sought the higher daily allowance, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, rural development minister C P Joshi said the Centre was giving the enhanced daily wage to states making the demand.

“Till today, West Bengal has demanded only Rs87 (in wages under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme)," he said evoking protests from the Left benches.

Of the 15 crore persons eligible to get employment under NREGA, only 14% have so far sought the maximum 100 days of employment per year.

Joshi said the Centre has asked states to implement the concept of Lok Pal for better implementation of NREGA. Also, the Union government is monitoring fund utilization and difficulties faced in implementation of the scheme at the state level.

The benefits of works on individual lands has been extended to small and marginal farmers, he said adding construction of Bharat Nirman Rajiv Gandhi Sewa Kendra as Village Knowledge Centre and Gram Panchayat Bhawan at Gram Panchayat level have been included as permissible activity.