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Officials pulled up for poor progress of MNREGA works

Special Correspondent
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‘Only 32.6 per cent funds spent till November 11 under the Act’

No good news:A.H. Vishwanath (second from right), Mysore MP, at the Central Vigilance and Monitoring Committee review meeting in Mysore on Monday. H.P. Manjunath, MLA; R. Dhruvanarayan, Chamarajanagar MP; Ajay Nagabhushan, ZP CEO; and Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad are seen.
No good news:A.H. Vishwanath (second from right), Mysore MP, at the Central Vigilance and Monitoring Committee review meeting in Mysore on Monday. H.P. Manjunath, MLA; R. Dhruvanarayan, Chamarajanagar MP; Ajay Nagabhushan, ZP CEO; and Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad are seen.

Officials, especially executive officers (EOs) of taluk panchayats, received flak from A.H. Vishwanath, Mysore MP, and R. Dhruvanarayan, Chamarajanagar MP, at the Central Vigilance and Monitoring Committee review meeting here on Monday for not achieving the desired progress with regard to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

Mysore stood 27th in the State in terms of implementation of the Act, Mr. Dhruvanarayan stated.

Of the approved Rs. 53.69 crore for Mysore for 2012–13, only Rs. 8.04 had been spent till November 11, registering a success rate of 32.6 per cent.

Of the Rs. 8.04 crore, Rs. 3.17 crore pertained to spillover works alone, officials told Mr. Dhruvanarayan. Of the seven taluks in Mysore district, progress was particularly poor in Mysore and K.R. Nagar taluks.

Mr. Dhruvanarayan asked Mysore Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Ajay Nagabhushan to issue circulars to all EOs to make social audits compulsory.

A total of 1,60,086 job cards were distributed in Mysore district and 6,483 works taken up under MNREGA during 2012–13.

Both Mr. Vishwanath and Mr. Dhruvanarayan were critical of the poor progress achieved in the construction of Rajiv Gandhi Seva Kendra units in Mysore district.

Later, Dr. Nagabhushan asked EOs to issue works orders to build the kendras in every gram panchayat in Mysore district by January 1.

Mr. Vishwanath took K.R. Nagar EO to task for not submitting a report on the inspection conducted by him pertaining to a Centrally sponsored scheme. He said he had detected irregularities with regard to tree plantation works in K.R. Nagar. No hole was dug or sapling planted, but the money had been spent, Mr. Vishwanath stated. He asked Dr. Nagabhushan to order a probe.

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