30 p.c. of survey of MGREGA beneficiaries completed
Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Jagadish Shettar has said that 30 per cent of the survey of job card-holders under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA) has been completed.
“There are nearly 62 lakh job card-holders under the scheme in the State, and after the completion of 30 per cent of the survey, five lakh fake job card-holders had been detected,” he said.
He was speaking to presspersons here on Saturday after participating in the Media Day programme jointly organised by the Dharwad District Union of Working Journalists and the State Information Centre.
The survey of job card-holders was taken up following complaints about discrepancies and irregularities in the implementation of works under the MGREGA, said Mr. Shettar.
The Minister said that steps had been taken to initiate action against 300 people with regard to irregularities under the scheme. In the wake of complaints, officials had been directed to take up only five to six works at a time and take up new works only after completion of the ongoing ones.
“It has been found that at present 15 to 20 works are being taken up at a time and new works are initiated without completing the ongoing works,” he said.
The Minister said the process of appointing ombudsman for each district had been initiated with the aim of checking misuse of funds at the gram panchayat level.
Steps had also been taken to attach a group photograph of family members with each job card and ensure that only one member of the family was provided employment under the scheme at a time.
When asked about the “Swabhimani Yatra” of Health Minister B. Sriramulu, Mr. Shettar declined to comment and termed “personal” the opinion of the Chief Minister in this regard.