Dissatisfied with the way NREGA is being implemented, the Centre has directed the states to ensure that the rural job guarantee scheme is run properly and transparently.
"State governments on their part should ensure the scheme runs properly and transparently so that it fully benefits the rural poor," Union rural development minister C P Joshi has said in July's news letter of his ministry.
The Union Minister said it is important that panchayati raj institutions (PRI) are effectively enabled to govern the scheme.
"For the potential of NREGA to be fully realised, major interventions are required to enable panchayats to achieve economic development and social justice in their areas," he suggested.
Joshi, however, said strict monitoring of the performance by PRIs against 'specific outcomes' should be ensured.
Greater convergence is also required across departments and programmes with NREGA so that sustainable livelihoods can be created, he added.
Joshi said some of the principles, such as accountability to PRIs, stakeholder participation and social audit, are inherent in the NREGA architechture. "But they are yet to be effectively put into place," he pointed out.