NGO explains how to make optimum use of the scheme
Job cardholders advised to apply for workUrged to chalk out a work calendar to be submitted to sarpanch
BERHAMPUR: Beneficiaries are yet to benefit from the Orissa Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (OREGP) to the optimum.
Gram Vikas initiative
Gram Vikas, a rural development organisation, held an OREGP orientation camp for beneficiaries from Tamana, Kanheiput, Purnapatna, Rampalli and Baniamari at Tamna on Friday.
Pradeep Baisakh of the Orissa Development and Action Forum (ODAF), along with senior activists of the Gram Vikas, interacted with the beneficiaries to make them understand the real meaning of job guarantee that their job cards provide.
Under the OREGP, job cardholders are assured of 100 days of work on compensation.
The guaranteed 100 days work lapses at the end of each financial year. "In most of the cases, due to lack of awareness after getting job cards, people wait for work to be provided to them. They are still ignorant of the simple fact that they have to apply for work," said Sneha Madiath of Gram Vikas.
At this camp, the beneficiaries were advised to chalk out a calendar of work at the `palli sabha', which is to be submitted to the sarpanch.
The lacunae of the programme also came to the fore. Sita Ram Mallik of Tamana village said that till date he got employed for nine days getting wages worth Rs. 450 under the scheme.
But the database on OREGP on the Net says that Sita Ram was employed for 12 days and received Rs. 660. This disparity raises suspicions.
Borrowing of job card
Anta Mallik of Tamana village raised a grave problem saying that someone had borrowed his job card and benefited by getting employed in a road work.
This could happen despite job cards had photographs of beneficiaries.
Bhimasena Behera of Medinipur village said that labourers hired for private agricultural work started demanding the same wage as per OREGP.