Tuesday, January 26, 2021

CS reviews RDD activities, lays stress on strengthening the panchayats

Ranchi, April 27: Chief secretary Rajbala Verma on Thursday said that in order to realize ‘Gramoday Se Bharat Uday’ in real sense, the panchayats should function with accountability. She said that the completed panchayat buildings should start functioning and sorting out the problems of drinking water, health and basic amenities.

The CS said that the panchayats facing hindrance regarding building construction should be enlisted and sorting out of their problems should be ensured. She also said to present the account of the funds collected from sand pier auction and report how much fund remains with the panchayats.

According to Verma, percent of funds expensed in the last three financial years is low; hence all the relevant points should be considered and maximum funds should be expensed accordingly. Moreover, departments should initiate properly to receive the central funds in time.

Reviewing MGNREGA, the CS directed the department to ensure the expenditure of Rs. 250-300 crore every month on earmarked schemes. For this, schemes should be selected on block level through special campaign by meeting with DDCs/ BDOs for construction of dovas. Banks at block level should be mapped for payment of MGNREGA wages and payment to the beneficiaries should be ensured.

It was also decided that building construction survey will be conducted in 183 blocks which will reflect the agenda foe next three years. She said to appoint junior engineers on panchayat level so that schemes should be prepared on this level.

She also asked to proceed for vacancies of DRDA. She said to make the panchayats hi-tech and create the posts of operators. She directed not to extend the tenure of those rojgar sevaks who are not serious about their work.

The CS directed to increase the number of self-help groups and community cadres to make livelihood mission more effective. Bank accounts of maximum self help groups should be opened and the points which prove to be hindrance should be identified.

Reviewing the REO, the CS laid stress of selecting the maximum used roads. She said that the panchayats having no road connective should be connected with PMGSY.

It was also decided that a PMU should be formed at headquarter level to monitor the schemes. RDD principal secretary N. N. Sinha, RWD secretary M. R. Meena, Praveen Shankar of MGNREGA and Panchayati Raj, MGNREGA commissioner Siddharth Tripathi and other officers were present in the meeting.

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