HP rural development-cum-panchayati raj department minister Anil Sharma on Tuesday said social audit of all MNREGA works would be conducted in all gram panchayats of the state in order to bring transparency in the working of various projects undertaken through MNREGA.
Deepak Sharma, state spokesman of the Congress, Kuldip Pathania, vice-chairman of Congress Central Co-Op Bank, and Anil Verma, director of KCC bank, were also present in the press conference.
He said in future all purchases under MNREGA would be done through purchases' committees formed in each gram panchayat of the state. He said instructions on this had been given to all panchayati raj institutions by the state government.
He said the aim of MNREGA was to provide 100 days of employment and to develop the rural areas of the state where more than 90% of the total population lived.
Sharma said the state government had sent a proposal to the central government for maintenance of all PWD roads and water supply schemes through MNREGA so that more employment avenues were made to people of the state, especially those living in rural areas. He said as per the proposal, the overall control of such works would remain with the departments concerned.
He said the state government was strengthening the panchayati raj institutions in the state which were the lifeline of society. He said instructions had been given to the officers concerned to ensure that adequate funds were given to the PRIs so as to develop the rural areas on equal and balanced basis.
Addressing a meeting of the members of Hamirpur zila parishad here on Tuesday, Sharma said efforts were on to give more representations to PRIs in the development of the state. He said there was a need to organise meetings of the gram sabhas in a systematic manner and to ensure maximum people were present in the meetings while taking important decisions.
Sharma appreciated the working of the Hamirpur zila parishad adding that zila parishad members could do a lot for the development of their respective areas in active collaboration with the local gram panchayats and the government agencies.
Chairperson of the Hamirpur zila parishad Sarla Sharma told the meeting that as many as 1,534 new schemes had been sanctioned for the district and a sum of Rs 6.7 crore had been spent during 2013-14.