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Scheme being implemented in Chitradurga, Davangere, Gulbarga, Raichur, and Bidar

  • Review meeting held to discuss progress of works under scheme
  • Chitradurga, Davangere lauded for utilisation of funds

    GULBARGA: A 22-member Joint Parliamentary Committee will be touring five districts in the State, including Chitradurga, Davangere, Gulbarga, Raichur, and Bidar where the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) is being implemented, in January first week to review the progress achieved and identify the hurdles encountered by the implementing agencies.

    `Achieve targets'

    Principal Secretary of the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department Arvind Risbud who was chairing a review meeting to discuss progress of the NREGS works said the committee would be touring Gulbarga and Bidar on January 9 and 10 and asked the officials in charge of the implementation of the NREGS to achieve the targets fixed earlier and ensure that there was no violation of the norms fixed by the Government in taking up works under the scheme.

    Mr. Risbud who conducted the review meeting said of all the districts Chitradurga and Davangere had performed exceedingly well in terms of utilising funds allocated under the scheme and in adhering to the norms fixed by the Union Government in taking up works under the scheme.

    He said although not much progress could be achieved in the initial months in Bidar, Gulbarga and Raichur owing to several reasons such as the post of the executive officers of the taluk panchayats lying vacant and the lack of training of the implementing officers in the panchayati raj institutions, during the later months progress under the scheme had picked up in these districts also.

    Implementation

    Mr. Risbud said although some progress was evident in these three districts, there was a need for the officers to speed up implementation and take up new works under the scheme to show at least 50 per cent of utilisation of funds by the end of December to be able to claim the second instalment from the Union Government. Chief Executive Officer of the Gulbarga Zilla Panchayat P.C. Jaffer that in Gulbarga out of the total of Rs. 28.91 crore allocated under the scheme this year, Rs 14.65 crore had been spent by taking up 2,010 works and the district was eligible to claim the second instalment. The proposal to claim the second instalment would be submitted to the Union Government.

    Chief Executive Officer of the Bidar Zilla Panchayat Jitenra Naik said out of Rs. 30 crore allocated to the district, Rs. 13.54 crore had been spent in 1,024 works, which have been completed. Mr. Risbud said Bidar district fell short of 50 per cent mark and had fixed a target to spend Rs. 20 crore by the end of December this year to become eligible for the second instalment. Raichur ZP Chief Executive Officer Manjunath Prasad said of the total Rs. 21.22 crore allocated to the district, Rs. 12 crore had been spent, making the district eligible for claiming the second instalment.

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