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Manipur: RD&PR Minister asks elected members to work unitedly

Imphal, Jan 24 (UNI) Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Miniser Thongam Biswajit Singh today made a clarion call for all elected representatives of the Panchayati Raj System to work together for the development of the society.
The Minister was addressing an interaction programme with Zilla Parishad members and Pradhan on implementation of RD Schemes held at the Panchayat Bhawan, SIRD Complex, Porompat, Imphal East.
Regarding Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act implementation in the State, Biswajit said that for financial Year 2018-19, a target of 160 lakh PDs were set and the State could achieve around 73 percent. In 2019-20, a target of 160 lakh PDs were given, against which the State has achieved around 30 mandays on average by December 2019.
Meanwhile, during the interaction programme, Zilla Parishad members and others raised concern over the delay in payment of wages for MGNREGS.
According to officials, MNREGA is a demand driven scheme as there is a huge demand from the public.
The 30 man-days for this year has already been completed by December 2019, and acknowledging the State’s performance, the Centre has given an additional 18 man-days to the State. This has created a liability, and proposal for clearing of the liabilities have already been sent to the Government of India, however in the utilisation certificate and audited statement, the government of India has raised some queries which are being replied within 15 days.
The Centre has informed that Rs. 98 crores will be released within 2-3 days initially for clearing the liabilities, and the remaining amount will be released after submission of the revised audited statement is submitted.
It was also mentioned that there is a question of liability which is there in other States also, but liabilities are cleared on a phase by phase manner.
This financial year, Manipur’s performance in regards to MGNREGA implementation is much better than previous years. Last year there was only 23 man-days, while in this financial year the State will be achieving 48 man-days.
Biswajit said today’s interaction programme was organised to share and look into the concerns, views of the elected members.
He said that the elected representatives should work for the collective good. He said we should not spread rumours, misunderstanding and negativity, but work together with one another to bring development.
During the interaction, Zilla Parishad members and Pradhans raised their concern and queries regarding various schemes including PMAY(G), SAGY.
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