Keep an eye on NGOs in tribal hamlets: MP Pratap Simha
The ignorance of officials in utilising funds available under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) was questioned during the District Monitoring and Supervision Committee review meeting held here on Tuesday.
The meeting headed by Chamarajanagar MP R Dhruvanarayan was attended by District Monitoring and Supervision Committee members including Mysuru-Kodagu MP Prathap Simha, Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, Zilla Panchayat President Nayeema Sultana, MLA G T Devegowda and Zilla Panchayat CEO Gopal.
Compared to last year, the progress of works under MGNREGA has declined; Rs 38 crore had been utilised last year and Rs 27 crore in this year so far. Dhruvanarayan urged all the executive officers to plan welfare works at a minimum cost of Rs 2 crore for each village panchayat, so that public don’t approach elected representatives frequently for basis facilities.
About Rs 20-30 lakh is released to each gram panchayat (GP) under the 12th finance policy, and this amount is insufficient to undertake welfare works, the officials need to plan properly in utilising funds under MGNREGA, which also create hundreds of jobs for unemployed and avoid migration to cities, he added.
According to the document tabled in the meeting, the zilla panchayat has issued 2, 06,986 job cards across the district, and listed 27,916 employment requirements, out of which hardly 13,729 candidates have been provided employment.
‘KEEP EYE ON NGOs’
Instructing tribal welfare department officer Bharathi to keep an eye on activities of NGOs in tribal hamlets, MP Prathap Simha cited that irregularities have been reported in Kodagu, and pointed out that as of now the NGOs which were raising funds in the name of tribals’ welfare were not provided any facilities. Moreover, it is learnt that the NGOs were using pictures of houses which were constructed by the government to raise funds. The MP warned the officials that such incidents shouldn’t be repeated in forest areas of HD Kote taluk comprising tribal hamlets.
Kannada, English name boards on highways
With reference to complaints on twitter, MP Prathap Simha instructed Highway Corporation officer Sathish to use Kannada and English name boards on destination direction sign boards. There are many sign boards written in Hindi which is not readable by all commuters. The MP also directed officials not to allow fruits vendors on roads which hinder movement of vehicular traffic and cause accidents.