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FOCUS ON JOBS: District Collector D.V. Raidu addressing a workshop on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Nizamabad on Tuesday.
FOCUS ON JOBS: District Collector D.V. Raidu addressing a workshop on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Nizamabad on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

Collector asks officials to make scheme a big success

NIZAMABAD: District Collector D.V. Raidu said the administration would gear up to implement the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the district from the coming financial year.

Under the scheme, all those who attain 18 years of age in the villages will be ensured work for 100 days in a year if they come forward to do the work either in person or in a group.

Inaugurating the two-day workshop on the NREG scheme here on Tuesday, he asked the officials concerned to take all steps to make the scheme a big success on the lines of the Food for Work implemented last year in the district. In the latest scheme, there was no scope to delay the execution of works, he noted.

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The workshop conducted under the aegis of the District Water Management Agency was attended by representatives from farm workers' associations, non-government organisations and Government authorities. The NREG Scheme brought about by the Central Government under the Act will be in force for five years.

Rajesam, the Joint Commissioner, Ministry of Rural Development, explained the contents of the act with the help of power point presentation. He said the act provided detailed information regarding rights of the labourers and duties of the officials in the implementation of the scheme.

The officers need to be careful in the execution of the scheme as the act clearly pronounces that the eligible workers, if not showed the work within 15 days of their appeal for work, would have to be given unemployment compensation till work was provided.

Before the scheme comes into effect, the officers should conduct gram sabhas, prepare lists of eligible workers and works to be executed and get approval for them from the district level authorities.

The workers need to be paid wages every week and the payment should not be delayed for more than 15 days.

Joint Collector G. Ramnarayana Reddy and others were present.


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