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Tech eye to keep track of rural employment scheme

india Updated: Oct 06, 2006 04:14 IST
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Have you ever wondered what is happening to the much-vaunted National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme? If you have, you can now go online and check it out for yourself.

The National Informatics Centre (NIC) has developed a new software to keep track of every minute development related to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and its implementation across the country.

The software, developed by a team of NIC engineers headed by Madhuri Sharma, Technical Director, has even bagged the Microsoft e-governance award for 2006.

According to the information available online till September 15, 33,06,11,331 villagers have been registered for the job scheme that promises a minimum of 100 days of work to every Indian citizen.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, Sharma said, "The software marks a paradigm shift in monitoring because now we are monitoring from below right from panchayat level."

Besides national/state and district monthly progress reports of the scheme, the portal will also ensure transparency. Each and every paise spent under the scheme is also tracked, she said.

But will it benefit the target section, the unemployed villagers? Sharma thinks so, for NREGAsoft is a Unicode-enabled software and hence supports local languages. Besides, it has a helpline and all other information related to NREGA.

The software was first inaugurated on the day NREGA was implemented on February 2, 2006 in Dhenkanal, Orissa. Since then, it has been implemented in 117 districts across  16 states.