Odisha lead performer in important parameters of MGNREGS: Chief Secretary

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Bhubaneswar, Apr 26

Odisha is now a lead performer in many important parameters of MGNREGS, said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

Chairing a review meeting of the State Panchayatiraj Department here today, Padhi said the State tops the list at national level in many important indicators like geo-tagging of the projects, creation of household level assets, convergence in construction of Anganwadi Centers and rural housing. Reviewing the activities under MGNREGS, the chief secretary directed different departments to take up more projects in convergence with MGNREGS for creation of additional jobs and assets. Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan advised taking up road connectivity projects to remotest areas under the scheme in convergence with State funds.  It was further decided to include drinking water projects in remote tribal areas under the scheme.  Target was set to scale up utilization level to Rs 3,000 crore during the FY 2018-19.

Replying to a media query after the meeting, Principal Secretary, Panchayatiraj Department Deo Ranjan Singh said, “Odisha has scaled up its performance in MGNREGS and has topped the list at national level in some important indicators. In geo ID generation of the assets created under the scheme, the State has achieved 98 pc against national average of 96 pc. The State is now at the top (around 81 pc) in creation of assets at household level under the scheme. Odisha has also topped the list in convergence of MGNREGS with anganwadi construction and rural housing. In the year 2017-18, a total of 5,420 anganwadi centers and have been completed under such convergence. Similarly, in rural housing around 7.35 lakh beneficiaries have been assisted under this convergence. Around Rs 689 crore has been disbursed to beneficiaries of rural housing towards wage assistance in this year.”

Available data show, a total number of 7427 farm ponds /multi-purpose farm ponds have been completed under NGNREGS during the year 2017-18.  Similarly, 2338 number of dug-wells, 1,234 play grounds, 3,473, vermin compost pits , 4,566 water bodies renovation,  9,549 land development projects, 3,074 check dams and 16,644 rural connectivity projects have been completed under the scheme during the year.  The percentage of fund utilization in agriculture and allied sectors from the scheme has been scaled up to around 72 pc against national average of 68 pc.

During the year 2017-18 Odisha has utilized highest ever amount of Rs 2,515 crore from MGNREGS and has created 9.22 crore person days of engagement. The utilization in the FY 2015-16 was around Rs 2,000 crore which was raised to around Rs 2,100 crore in 2017-18. Target was set further scale up this utilization to Rs 3,000 crore during 2018-19.

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