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Employment Guarantee Scheme is people’s right, says Director

G. Narasimha Rao
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Field staff are doing well but there are many gaps to be filled, she tells Girijans

Villagers of G. Kotturu in G. Madugula mandal in Visakhapatnam, presenting a pumpkin and a untensil made of bottle gourd, to Director of Employment Guarantee Scheme V. Karuna after she interacted with Girijan beneficiaries of NREGS in the village. —photo: G. Narasimha Rao
Villagers of G. Kotturu in G. Madugula mandal in Visakhapatnam, presenting a pumpkin and a untensil made of bottle gourd, to Director of Employment Guarantee Scheme V. Karuna after she interacted with Girijan beneficiaries of NREGS in the village. —photo: G. Narasimha Rao

“Employment Guarantee Scheme is your right, our duty is to provide you work and if there is no work it is a failure,” Director of EGS V. Karuna said during an interaction programme with Girijan beneficiaries of the Mahatma Gandhi NREGS.

She was replying to complaints and queries from the Shram Shakti Sanghams’ representatives from 14 gram panchayats in G. Madugula and Chintapalli mandals at the programme organised in this remote village in G. Madugula mandal, which could be reached by a trek of a few kilometres from the road point, that went on for more than two hours on Friday afternoon.

The programme was organised by the Zilla Upadhi Koolila, Matla Sangham, affiliated to the AP Vyavasaya Vrittidarula Union.

Ms. Karuna heard a variety of problems from the beneficiaries and took some decisions. Overall it was a good experience as she could directly meet the beneficiaries in their area and understand many aspects of the scheme, she said later. “Field staff are doing well but there are many gaps to be filled. We will certainly respond to your problems and assure you that good work is done”, the Director said.

She also wanted the wage seekers to take up works that would benefit their village also. “You have work not only to earn something but there is also work for everyone. Don’t leave work in the middle of it but complete it,” she said.

Wage-seekers from Anjali Sanivaram, Lambasingi, Kidumula, Bennavaram, Gaduturu, Korappalli, Pedda Lobasingi, Vanthala, Pedalochali, Solabham, Gemmelai, and other gram panchayats spoke and most of their complaints were about not getting work in spite of submitting application, delay in payments that stretched to several months in some cases, adding new members to the list of job cards after they completed 18 years, problem faced while getting their cheques attested by the Government officers and delay at the banks, and even an assault on a wage-seeker by a village resource person.

A woman village officer explained the problem she was facing while encashing the cheque even as the villagers were putting pressure on her to disburse the money.

List of demands

Ms. Karuna felt that the MDO’s signature should be enough to attest the cheque, and also explained about the smart card, to be introduced soon, that would make receiving wages easy. She instructed Project Director of DWMA, who is Programme Director for NREGS in the district, V. Satya Sai Srinivas, to attend to the demands made during the interaction.

Applications seeking work would be made available at weekly shandies, starting next Tuesday, with the field assistants registering and giving acknowledgement.

General secretary of APVVU P.S. Ajay Kumar submitted a list of demands and suggestions to the Director. A lot of good was done through NREGS and more benefit should reach the Girijans, he said and wanted some Agency-specific measures taken considering this area being totally different from the plain area. Staff engaged in NREGS must have continuous training.

MDO M. Purnayya, APO (monitoring and evaluation) V. Usha Rani, Project Manager Krishna Murthy, APD (Paderu cluster) Chakravarthy, APO Sudhakar were also present.


  • MDO’s signature should be enough to attest the cheque, says Director of EGS

  • She also explains about the smart card, to be introduced soon



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