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NREGS implementation wins praises

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 31, 2009

GANGTOK, 30 JULY: An independent evaluation study conducted by the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong (IIM-S), has rated the implementation of the NREGS in Sikkim as impressive in comparison to other parts of India.
The study, conducted on behalf of the Union ministry of rural development, Government of India, has reported that all Gram Panchayats in Sikkim have implemented this scheme and works are undertaken in all the 163 Panchayat units and 891 wards.
With the NREG Act having been passed in September 2005, the NREGS-Sikkim was implemented on February, 2006 in the North district in the First Phase, and in the First Phase from April 2007 in the South and East districts. The Third Phase began in April 2008 in the West district. During 2006-07 Sikkim received Rs 4.56 crore, in 2007-08 Rs 14.32 crore and in 2008-09 Rs 48.10 crore. It is also informed that till date, 69,798 job cards have been issued to the rural households of Sikkim, 40.76 lakh of person-days have been generated, 2,581 works have been taken up and 96,131 households were provided employment.
According to Mr Anil Ganeriwala, secretary, state rural management and development department (RMDD), more than 170 persons have been provided employment in the NREGA cell. “Within this financial year we have already taken initiative to provide employment to at least 50 educated unemployed local youths,” he informed.
To provide help and redressal of complaints pertaining to the NREGS, a toll free helpline – number 7979 – has been functional in the RMDD head office here.
It is also learnt that in view of the good performance of Sikkim, the ministry of rural development has hiked the fund allocation to the tune of Rs 75.28 crore for the year 2009-10 under the NREGA for the state of Sikkim.

Source:The Statesman


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