Punjab lags behind in NREGA implementation: Joshi

Punjab is ranked very low in availing the benefits under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat C P Joshi said today.

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 22:32 PM IST

Ludhiana: Punjab is ranked very low in
availing the benefits under the Mahatma Gandhi National
Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), Union Minister for
Rural Development and Panchayat C P Joshi said today.

He said the state had not been able to avail the central
grants under this law.

The union government has allocated Rs 40,000 crore under
this law for the states and Punjab is far too low in the
ladder, he told reporters here.

After attending the District Vigilance and Monitoring
Committee meeting here, Joshi said that there was a need to
re-orient the officials who are responsible for executing the
welfare schemes.

He said there are clear provisions for its implementation
and the responsibility of each and every official right from
the Deputy Commissioner upto the panchayat officer is defined
with penal provisions.

Joshi maintained that he was happy to see the working of
the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee Ludhiana
presided over by the local MP Manish Tewari.

About the alleged scandal in Ludhiana on the
implementation of the Indira Awas Yojna, Joshi hoped Punjab
government will properly investigate the matter and take
necessary steps.

-PTI