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‘Shortcomings in NREGA in Naxal-hit areas’

A Planning Commission team has noted serious shortcomings in the implementation of NREGA in 35 Naxal-hit districts in the country, the Lok Sabha was informed Monday.



New Delhi: A Planning Commission team has noted
serious shortcomings in the implementation of NREGA in 35
Naxal-hit districts in the country, the Lok Sabha was informed
Monday.

Team of officers was deputed to 35 districts affected by
left-wing extremism in nine states to assist the district
authorities in preparation of an Integrated Action Plan (IAP).

"Yes... observations made by the team regarding Mahatma
Gandhi NREGA (is) related to poor banking and postal coverage,
delay in wage payment, no linkage (of the NREGA) with Pradhan
Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY)," Minister of State for Rural
Development Pradeep Kumar Jain Aditya said in a written reply.

The team also noted that an average of 17-40 days of
employment were provided to the workers per household in such
areas.

He was asked whether the team of officers has pointed out
that there exists serious shortcomings in the implementation
of the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA and PMGSY in the worst Naxal-hit
districts in the country.

The team made these observations after interacting with
the district authorities and locals, the minister said.

As per reports by the states, during 2009-10, average
number of days of employment in left-wing extremism affected
districts was 48 days per household, Jain said.

"States have been advised to deploy adequate technical
and non-technical staff with the implementing authorities to
avoid delay in measurement (of works completed under NREGA),"
he informed the House.

Payment to NREGA workers through accounts has been made
mandatory, he said.

PTI

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