Achieve 100% target under NREGS: Lokesh
Panchayat Raj and IT Minister Nara Lokesh warned the field assistants that their services will be terminated if they failed to provide works to labourers under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).
Kurnool: Panchayat Raj and IT Minister Nara Lokesh warned the field assistants that their services will be terminated if they failed to provide works to labourers under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).
The Minister held a review meeting with officials on NREGS and Panchayat Raj works at Sunaina Auditorium here on Friday. Addressing the meeting, Lokesh said that several changes have been made during the last three years and the NREGS has been integrated with developmental works.
He said if the field assistants failed to provide works under NREGS, it would be viewed seriously. He directed officials to achieve 100 per cent targets set for mandals. He said if the field assistants faced any problems, they should get them solved by bringing them to the notice of District Collectors.
He expressed displeasure over reaching only 50 per cent target in some mandals. The Mandal Parishad Development Officers (MPDOs) and Assistant Project Officers (APOs) said that they were facing problems with the bankers as they were not releasing payments under the works at Chagalamarri and Dhone.
They urged the Minister to tell the bankers not to uphold the payments to the workers and release them promptly. Responding to their complaint, Lokesh said he will see that the payments are made through the postal department instead of banks. He would convene a State-level meeting to discuss the issue.
The Minister lauded Maddikerra APO for achieving 100 per cent target in digging farm ponds. He asked all the other APOs to speed up the works. He also suggested digging of farm ponds at Endowments lands. Banaganapalle MLA B C Janardhan Reddy urged Lokesh to provide works under NREGS for desilting and jungle clearance at K C canal and HNSS canals.
Panchayat Raj Commissioner Ramanjaneyulu said jungle clearance could be done under land development scheme. Zilla Parishad Chairman Mallela Raja Sekhar sought the Minister’s permission for laying of gravel roads to fields under NREGS. Lokesh further ordered the officials to start the developmental works such as providing streetlights and laying concrete cement roads at SC colony.
Panchyat Raj Superintendent Engineer Subba Rayudu said that so far they have completed 111-KM roads out of the stipulated target of 596 kilometres.
The Panchayat Raj Minister said sufficient funds will be sanctioned for planting of saplings on either side of the roads in Kurnool. Rajya Sabha member T G Venkatesh urged the Minister to initiate steps for the construction of underground drainage system.
Lokesh further ordered the officials that the government will sanction sufficient funds for planting of tress on either side of the roads. Deputy Chief Minister K E Krishna Murthy, MLAs S V Mohan Reddy and B C Janardhan Reddy attended the meeting.