The State government has decided to hire the services of recruitment agencies from next month for the effective implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).

Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa, who also holds the Revenue and Rural Development and Panchayat Raj portfolios, told presspersons here on Wednesday that recruitment agencies would be asked to supply 1,000 engineers, 400 agricultural graduates, and 1,400 data entry operators in various districts for the job scheme. Computer operators would be appointed based on the requirements of each district.

Mr. Eshwarappa, who chaired a meeting with officials of both departments, said deputy commissioners of each district have been asked to call tenders to hire personnel from recruitment agencies. The salary of engineers, agricultural graduates and data operators has been fixed at Rs. 20,000, Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 7,000 per month, respectively.

The Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department has been slow in implementing the job scheme on account of inadequate staff to assign works, prepare bills for work done and payment of wages under the scheme.

As on November 20, the State had spent Rs. 850 crore for taking up various works under the job scheme, officials told The Hindu .

He said the number of Nemmadi Kendras would be increased from 777 to 900 to felicitate smooth delivery of various services, including issue of caste, birth and death certificates.

Government takes over

While the kendras were being managed by private firms, the government has now taken over the management of service delivery centres and they would be strengthened by providing adequate staff and facilities, he said.

Each Nemmadi Kendra would be manned by a deputy tahsildar, a village accountant, a computer operator and an attender.

“The kendras will take shape in the next 15 days for effective delivery of services to the public,” the Minister said.

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