Staff Reporter

NREGS funds to be utilised for protecting forests

NGOs are already helping in the protection of green cover in 32 mandals in Anantapur district

They will supervise transparency in execution of works, timely wage payment etc.

ANANTAPUR: The State Government has taken up a new programme for protection of natural resources like forests and hillocks with the concept of joint management under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). The programme is being taken up on experimental basis in Anantapur and Chittoor districts.

Joint management

Project Director of District Water Management Agency, the nodal agency that implements NREGS in the district, G. Gopal stated that NREGS funds would be utilised for works to protect forests and hillocks under the concept of joint management.

Non-governmental organisations would also be drawn into the exercise.

The work was already taken up with the help of NGOs in 32 mandals in the district. In a meeting with the NGOs he asked them to take up works related to the programme without much delay as they were already sanctioned. He also urged the NGOs’ cooperation in making NREGS works a success.

The government had also decided to implement NREGS works with the cooperation of NGOs in 25 selected villages. They will overlook transparency in the execution of works, provision of amenities to the wage seekers in work sites, protection of wage seekers’ rights, ensuring timely wage payments, among others. In all, 15 NGOs were enrolled into the exercise.