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Displeased: N. Dharam Singh, MP, speaks at the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting in Bidar on Wednesday.
Displeased: N. Dharam Singh, MP, speaks at the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting in Bidar on Wednesday.

N. Dharam Singh, MP, has expressed displeasure over the pace of implementation of Centrally sponsored development programmes in the district.

“Implementation of schemes such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) is not as per our expectations. This is not acceptable,” Mr. Singh said.

He asked officials to ensure that all development and welfare programmes are implemented properly and the benefits reached the beneficiaries. He instructed the zilla panchayat Chief Executive Officer, Jitendra Naik, to direct senior officials to visit the worksites before releasing funds and to monitor progress regularly.

According to Mr. Naik, Rs. 61 crore of the Rs. 81 crore released under MNREGA last year had been utilised.

This year, 52 lakh saplings would be planted at a cost of Rs. 20 crore. Of this, Rs. 19 crore had been released and Rs. 9 crore had been spent, he said.

Under the Jal Nirmal scheme, 20 of the 25 works proposed were approved by the State Government and 19 had been launched, Mr. Naik said.

The zilla panchayat submitted a proposal for 57 works under the 13th Finance Plan. A total of Rs. 30 crore was proposed to be spent under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana this year.

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