Appoint ombudsman in each dist for NREGA: Centre to states
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 22:07
New Delhi: The Centre has issued instructions to the states for the appointment of ombudsmen in each district to consider complaints relating to the implementation of NREGA and take legal action in them.

"Instructions have been issued to the states for the appointment of ombudsman in each district," Union Minister for Rural Development C P Joshi today told reporters while presenting the quarterly report of his ministry's performance here.

The minister said the ombudsmen will receive complaints from those working in NREGA programmes on any matters relating to its implementation and facilitate their disposal in accordance with law.

"Ombudsman will issue directions for conducting spot investigation, lodge FIRs against the erring parties, initiate proceedings suo motu when required and take disciplinary and punitive actions," Joshi said.

According to ministry, the Ombudsmen, which will be appointed by state governments on the recommendation of a selection committee, will be "agencies" independent of the central and state governments.

Listing the achievements of his ministry, Joshi said the scope of the works permitted under NREGA was enlarged by an amendment in the Act. Works relating to irrigation, horticulture plantation and land development in the land owned by small and marginalised farmers are now permitted under the Act.

"One of the major achievements of the ministry was that the Bill providing 50 per cent reservation to women in panchayats was approved by the Cabinet," he added. Elderly Indian couple killed in fire

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First Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 22:07

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