Redress grievances of rural mass: Centre to states

New Delhi: The Centre today made a strong plea before the states for sincere redressal of grievances of rural mass to ensure speedy and effective implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA and other rural development schemes.

"Give an ear to grievances of rural mass for speedy and effective implementation of the Act...why do you hesitate in taking timely decisions towards the redressal of problems faced by them ?" Rural Development Minister C P Joshi was quoted by a ministry official as saying.

Joshi was chairing inaugural session of the two-day Performance Review Committee meet of the Ministry to take stock of the progress made by states in implementation of the schemes of his Ministry.

During the meeting, a web-enabled software to deal with physical and financial target setting was also launched for Indira Awaas Yojana, the official said.

"NREGA and Indira Awaas Yojna remained the agenda of today's meeting," he said.

National overview of the NREGA on various parameters for financial year 2009-10 revealed that the average number of days of employment per household remained 54 days with 5.25 crore households being provided employment under the flagship programme.

The participation of members of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in NREGA programmes were found to be around 31 per cent and 21 per cent respectively while women's participation remained around 49 per cent during 2009-10, the official said, adding 33.84 lakh houses were constructed and upgraded in 2009-10 as against the target of 40.52 lakh. Secretaries and representatives from different states and Union Territories attended the meeting with other stakeholders, the official said.

This is the first meeting of the Performance Review Committee of the Ministry for financial year 2010-11.