ANANTNAG, NOV 3: Chairing a meeting to review the functioning of the Rural Development Department here at DC Office, Anantnag, the District Development Commissioner, Mohammad Younis Malik today called upon all the officers of the department to ensure that the benefits under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme are availed by all the gram panchayats of the district.
The DDC reviewed the block wise performance of the department focussing on the total number of works undertaken, nature of the works, person days generated and the physical and financial completion of the works.
The ACD informed the DDC that against the target of generation of 8 lac person days in the first quarter, 6.86 lac person days have been generated so far. In addition, expenditure of Rs 53.27 crores has been made against the availability of Rs 55 crores.
The DDC called upon all the BDOs to ensure that work plans are prepared in advance so that the demand for employment provision is sustained. By this, the crowding of the work execution towards the fag end of the financial year shall also be curtailed down.
He directed the BDOs to undertake field inspection of the works and also interact with the gram panchayats about their requirements so that tangible assets are created. Besides, he prevailed upon them to start new works prioritising those haqlas where less works have been taken up so far.
“An evaluation study shall also be conducted to gauge the impact of the MGNREGS on ground level in some blocks” said the DDC. He also added that focus need to be laid upon the water harvesting in the karewas of the district so that people do not suffer during drought period.
Meanwhile, the Exen RDD was directed to develop a prototype design of the works so that project estimation is done in the shortest possible time. Besides, the BDOs have to ensure that field functionaries work with due diligence, transparency and efficiency.
All the BDOs were also impressed upon to complete the baseline survey of the households so that concrete steps are taken to make the district open defeacation free (ODF).
The ACD was also directed to ensure the development of rural infrastructure in Bakerwal Chek as this has been designated as the model village under Tribal Sub Plan.