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RS flays anomalies in NREGS implementation

Rajya Sabha members criticized the corruption, slow progress and several other lacunae in the implementation of thje scheme, reports Satyen Mohapatra.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2006 21:12 IST

Rajya Sabha members cutting across party lines were on Tuesday critical ofthe corruption, slow progress and several otherlacunae in the implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

Speaking at a short duration discussion on the situation arising out the tardy implementation of NREG scheme they pointed out that funds were being siphoned, only one third of those with job cards gotemployment, cumbersome 21 page ofapplication form existed.

Members called for greater transparency, monitoring and accountabilityin the scheme.

TDP leader RCS Reddy stated that there was "absolute mismanagement" at some placeswith job cards in the hands of middle men who wereusing these as ATM cardsto collect money whenever they want.

Congress leader V Narayanasamy initiating the discussion said funds were being siphoned and there was misuse by officers and sarpanches responsible for implementation of the scheme.

"Pick and choose policy is being followedto identify thebeneficiaries for being given job cards," he said. In some places Rs20 was being collectedfor the job card and photograph from tribals, in some cards there is nophotograph of the beneficiary, he said.

With connivance of officers money was collected showing manual labour done but work is done on machines violating the guidelines, he added.

Even though 90 per cent of the money for the scheme is coming from the Central government several state governments were putting up big hoardings and advertising the scheme as theirs and spending 15 per cent of the money on publicity, he alleged.

BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu pointedout while Rs20,000 crore is requiredper year for the scheme the government had allocatedonly Rs6,000.

He called for penal provisions to be incorporated into the scheme to put a sense of fear and responsibility on people executing it.

First Published: Dec 12, 2006 21:12 IST