For employment under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme
ERODE: Twenty per cent of the workforce in the 100 village panchayats in the district has registered for employment under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Collector T. Udhayachandran said here on Tuesday.
Participating in the Erode District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee Meeting held in the presence of the Committee Chairman and Union Minister of State for Textiles, E.V.K.S. Elangovan, the Collector said the scheme was being implemented in 100 panchayats, five each from the 20 unions in the district.
In the scheme that began on April 1, 20 per cent of the workforce had registered.
Kodumudi had recorded the highest registration percentage of 58, and Perundurai, the lowest, of four.
Soon after the Collector finished, the president of Moolanur Panchayat Union, Sudha, alleged that in some panchayats, workers complained of panchayat employees demanding bribe to issue photo identity cards.
Mr. Udhayachandran promised to look into the issue and said the Government had made provision for photo identity cards and that the workers need not pay.
Minister Mr. Elangovan, in response to a suggestion to raise the minimum wages from Rs. 80 to Rs. 100 under the scheme, said the Rs. 80 was the same across the country and might appear to be minimal since Erode was a much better developed district.
Further, explaining the schemes, Mr. Udhayachandran outlined the district administration’s plans under the National Horticulture Mission.
He said over 700 acres had been brought under drip irrigation as a cluster. He hoped to replicate the model elsewhere in the district.
The officials then presented figures of works completed and in progress.
Project Officer of DRDA, Erode, S. S. Kumar and District Union Chairman S. V. Saravanan also participated.