Need to raise admn structure to look after MNREGA: C P Joshi
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Last Updated: Monday, May 17, 2010, 23:40
New Delhi: Noting that there are "malpractices" in the implementation of MNREGA, Union Minister for Rural Development C P Joshi today said there was need to raise an administrative structure on which both villagers and government could rely to look after the flagship programme.

"I don't refuse to accept that there are leakages and malpractices (in the implementation of NREGA) and so there is need to raise such a structure on which both villagers and government can rely," he said.

Joshi was addressing a group of about 53 "eminent" people who have been recently appointed by the Ministry to independently monitor the rural employment guarantee scheme.

Those appointed as NREGA monitors included Justice (Retd.) M A Khan of the Allahabad High Court, former Vice chancellor of Allahabad University R P Mishra and former DG of CISF V L Vohra.

Joshi said delayed wage payment to NREGA workers, unspent funds from the budget outlay, reports of misappropriations in the implementation process are some of the core issues that the ministry is facing.

"Involvement of eminent senior citizens is a step to rectify the malfunctions noticed so far. Also, their visit to the states and districts can provide a mechanism for an independent third party assessment of the situation and an important source of feedback to the Government," he said.


First Published: Monday, May 17, 2010, 23:40

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