Special Correspondent

Job guarantee scheme gets off to a head start in the district

  • As many as 702 works have been identified in 681 panchayats
  • Till August 12, Rs. 2 crore had been spent on the scheme

    CUDDALORE: The Centrally-funded Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme has gotten off to a head start in Cuddalore district. So far, 2.44 lakh people have applied for job cards, indicating their readiness to work under the scheme.

    Based on the socio-economic indicators, the Centre has identified Cuddalore as one of the six backward districts in Tamil Nadu the other five being Villupuram, Thiruvannamalai, Nagapattinam, Sivaganga and Dindigul to implement the scheme.

    For the current year, the Centre had sanctioned Rs. 58.16 crore to Cuddalore district for desilting and deepening of ponds, lakes, tanks and channels and laying roads.

    District Collector Gagandeep Singh Bedi, after inspecting the ongoing works at Reddichavadi tank and Periya Kankanakuppam channel on Sunday, told presspersons that as many as 702 works had been identified in 681 panchayats.

    Based on the population, each panchayat would get a fund allocation of Rs. 7 lakh Rs. 16 lakh. Till August 12, Rs. 2 crore had been spent on the scheme.

    It was enjoined upon the panchayat presidents to assign the works within 15 days of application. So far about 34 per cent of the applicants had been issued the job cards.

    The salient features of the scheme were that it ensured job for 100 days in a year and equal wages for men and women ie., Rs. 80 per day. Though the scheme had provided fortnightly disbursement of wages, the State Government had made it a weekly payment, on Tuesdays.

    If at any particular work place, the women workers have five or more infants, one of them would have to take care of the children, for which she would be paid a day's wages. First-aid-kits and drinking water would be provided at all these spots.

    The Makkal Nala Paniyalars would maintain the muster rolls, while the District Rural Development Agency officials would act as liaison officers.

    More number of women than men was attracted to the scheme because they get works near their places.

    Project Officer (DRDA) K. Megharaj and panchayat union commissioner Sudhareesanar accompanied the Collector.