Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Government has decided to utilise the services of panchayat-level vigilance committees, comprising Panchayat Samiti members, for social audit of works taken up under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

State Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Kalulal Gujjar said this would ensure transparency in the execution of NREGA works.

“Rajasthan is the first State in the country to prepare a manual for social audit of the flagship scheme,” he said addressing a meeting of the State-level Vigilance Committee on Rural Development.

Progress reviewed

Mr. Gujjar said he expected the Irrigation, Forest and Public Works Departments to launch works under NREGS by utilising their resources and machinery.

The meeting also reviewed the progress of schemes such as Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana, desert development programme, integrated wasteland development scheme, biogas project and MPs’ and MLAs’ Loal Area Development Schemes.

The Member of Parliament from Ajmer, Rasa Singh Rawat, drew Mr. Gujjar’s attention to some technical difficulties in the Local Area Development Scheme’s implementation.

The Minister assured him that the subject experts would study the intricacies involved and work out a solution.