Ranchi, July 28: Chief Secretary Raj Bala Verma said that Women Self Help Group and Self Help Groups should be promoted as agents of social change to ensure change in livelihood on village level.
She laid stress on categorizing SHG and said that their works in social, health, finance, nutrition and education should be evaluated and parameter fixed. She said it while conducting a review meeting with RDD officers. She directed all DCs and DDCs in this regard through video conferencing.
The CS said that in order to ensure responsibilities of SHGs, work plan should be made on Commissioner level and their social responsibilities should be fixed with aajivika.
The department reported that by now, 11,000 women self-help groups have been given the loan of Rs 5500.00 lakh and profiling of 31, 612 Women self-help groups have been done. Moreover, 24,495 families have been covered under Women Farmer Empowerment Project out of which, 8365 families have adopted lac agriculture.
During the review, the chief secretary directed the Rural Work Department to ensure the quality and pace of rural road construction. She said that a war room should be developed for monitoring and reviewing the development daily so that the project should be completed as soon as possible.
She directed to do profiling of rural road construction and said that a special policy should be framed in which tender process can be completed within 30 days.
The department reported that presently, 6,000 km rural roads are being constructed with the budget of Rs. 2,000 crore from the Government of India and the state government. Reviewing MGNREGA, the CS directed to constitute a PMU for daily review and develop a portal so that the latest news can be got.
She said that the department should fix parameter district wise for MGNREGA ranking. She said that maximum MGNREGA workers should be tagged with banks and those who don’t have bank account should open it soon. She directed the DDCs to close all raw schemes and upload them on MIS.
The department told that in 2016-17, 6.75 lakh MGNREGA workers have got their account opened with the banks and the number of active workers has increased to 27.30 lakh from 18 lakh.
Twenty-one Rozgar Sevaks creating less than 50 jobs have been sacked from their jobs and show cause notice has been furnished to 521 Rozgar Sevaks.
Moreover, appointment of 666 new Rozgar Sevaks is under process. The appointment of 1687 panchayat secretaries is also under process. Funds worth Rs. 451.98 crore was received from the 14th Finance Commission has been distributed among all panchayats. It was also informed that 80 panchayats for the construction of new block offices have been selected.
Principal secretary, RDD N. N. Sinha, MGNREGA Commissioner Siddharth Tripathi, Vandana Dadel, Praveen Shankar along with chief engineer and other officers were present in the meeting.