Staff Correspondent

BIDAR: Agriculture Minister Bandeppa Kashempur, who is charge of the district, has said that the Government will take strict action against officials who do not properly implement the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

"We consider the NREGS to be a very important programme and will not tolerate any negligence or dishonesty by officials in charge of its implementation," Mr. Kashempur told a gathering in Bakchoudi village of Bidar taluk on Tuesday. He was replying to complaints by the public during a Jansampark programme.

`Complete projects'

He directed officials to complete all projects taken up under the NREGS in time, and asked the people to put pressure on the gram panchayats to ensure that this took place. He also urged officials of the gram panchayats not to depend on the Government for everything but to take up projects based on the needs at villages.