New Delhi: Centre has permitted the states
to deploy two engineers per 6,000 people of rural households
to meet the shortage of key technical staff needed for
effective implementation of the job guarantee scheme NREGA.
For the north-eastern states and hill states like
Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttranchal, the Rural
Development Ministry has allowed the respective governments to
deploy two engineers per 3,000 population of rural households.
In a letter to all the state governments and Union
Territory administration, the Rural Development Ministry has
said "the expenditure on the (deployment of) engineers shall
be met out of the component of administrative expenditure."
The ministry recently permitted the states to use 6 per
cent of NREGA funds to meet their administrative expenditure
incurred on the implementation of the programme.
During the last performance review committee meeting
held on February 16 this year, the states had realised the
issue of shortage of technical personnel in the blocks and
gram panchayats for effective implementation of Mahatma Gandhi
"This problem was seen to be resulting in breach of
statutory provisions like delays in payment of wages, poor
quality of works, forgery of muster rolls, failure in
organisation of social audit and time-bound redressal of
grievances," the ministry noted.
The states are also required to construct Bharat Nirman
Rajiv Gandhi Sewa Kendra, which has been included as a
permissible activity under NREGA, in blocks and gram
panchayats on a priority basis.
"In order the resolve the aforesaid difficulties and
protect the interest of the workers, states are permitted to
deploy two engineers per 6,000 population of rural
households," the ministry said.
"In North-Eastern states and hill states like J&K,
Himachal Pradesh, Uttranchal, two engineers may be deployed
per 3,000 population of rural households," it added.
A large number of engineers are required to be engaged
under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA to facilitate host of technical
works including prompt measurement of works and payment of
wages, adherence to technical standards in execution of works,
a ministry official said.
They are also required to facilitate issue of job cards
to the rural households, receipt of application of works,
proper planning of works, production of documents in gram
sabha for proper organisation of social audit, timely
redressal of grievances and proper maintenance of records, it