Shillong, March 20: Stating that year 2010-11 saw a considerable improvement in the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), Minister of Community and Rural Development, Saleng A Sangma Tuesday tabled the Annual Report for the year 2010 - 2011.
According to the report, the districts of West and East Garo Hills, West Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi achieved more than 95 per cent of their labour projection.
â€œSpecial recognition can be accorded to the administration of East Garo Hills district which has provided 100 days of employment to all households registered in Samanda Community and Rural Development Block in spite of the fact that the district witnessed unprecedented ethnic clashes amongst residents of Assam and Meghalaya, which affected implementation of government programmes for months together,â€ the report read.
It further said the state provided an average of 57.73 â€˜persondaysâ€™ per household to 346129 households, which was higher than the national average of 42.04 â€˜persondaysâ€™ per household.
â€œYear 2010-11 had shown an expenditure of Rs 319.85 crore, an increase of 74 per cent over 2009-10. Total funds sanctioned during 2010-11 was Rs 332.93 crore against Rs 228.79 crore received during the previous year and total fund utilization recorded was 96.1 per cent,â€ the report revealed.
It said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the state government with the State Bank of India on November 15, 2010 to provide business correspondence facility to MGNREGA wage earners in order to wean out the cash disbursal system, which had raised a lot of allegations of corrupt practices and insecurity.
â€œThe state government also initiated steps to create a Society at the state level which will manage State Employment Gurantee Fund (SEGF), a corpus fund dedicated as a resource pool which can be revolved during fund shortages in the districts. This step will bear fruit during the next year 2011-12,â€ the report said.