They will become operational on December 1: Eshwarappa

Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Revenue, and Rural Development and Panchayat Raj K.S. Eshwarappa has said that the government has decided to set up Nemmadi Kendras in all the hoblis in the State to facilitate smooth administration and they would all start functioning from December 1. Mr. Eshwarappa was addressing presspersons after participating in the Bharatiya Janata Party workers’ meet here on Monday.

He said that the existing kendras could not offer better services owing to irregular electricity supply and that to address the issue, UPS and solar panels would be provided. “The government intends to strengthen the Nemmadi Kendras to help people get their caste and income certificates and land-related documents,” he said.

Mr. Eshwarappa said the government was planning to recruit on contract basis a number of people to facilitate effective implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. The government would appoint on contract basis 1,400 engineers on a consolidated salary of Rs. 20,000, 1,400 non-engineering professionals who will be paid Rs. 12,000 a month each and 5,600 computer operators who will be paid a consolidated pay of Rs. 6,500.

“The decision to make new recruitments was taken as the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj was facing acute shortage of engineers and computer operators”, he said.

He refuted allegations of misappropriation of Rs. 600 crore under the MNREGA. “The Opposition parties are making such false allegations. Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has not mentioned anything about it. In fact there was pending amount in 2008-09 to be paid to labourers under the scheme, but there is no case of misappropriation of funds”, he said, adding that the accounts have been submitted to the Union Rural Development Ministry.

District in-charge Minister S.K. Bellubbi and Ramesh Jigajinagi, MP, were present.

  • For effective implementation of job scheme, recruitment to be made on contract basis

  • 1,400 engineers and 5,600 computer operators among those to be employed