MGNREGS card holders facing payment difficulties

From Our Correspondent

NONGSTOIN: The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) card holders of Mawkyrwat block are facing serious difficulties in withdrawing money from their respective bank accounts. This has come to light during a ‘social audit’ on implementation of MGNREGS under Mawkyrwat C& RD block.

During the social audit, organized by the Social Audit Forum, all the VECs and AECs of different villages presented their reports as per the guide lines of MNREGS.

According to the reports, the card holders are facing difficulties in withdrawing money from their respective accounts as the bank management is taking more than two weeks’ time to release it.

To resolve this problem, the branch manager of Mawthawpdah Meghalaya Rural Bank suggested the BDO to issue cheques to job cardholders directly instead of sending them to Mawkyrwat MRB saying “it will fasten the payment process”.

The branch manager further said he would request the BDO of Mawkyrwat to deposit the MGNREGS money to Mawthawpdah MRB for speeding up the payment to card holders.

The social audit was held at Nativity School, Mawkyrwat under the chairmanship of Dominic Shangpliang Headmaster of Mawthawpdah Presbyterian UP School.

Addressing the gathering, the BDO of Mawkyrwat claimed that the administration has implemented the scheme in over 160 villages under the block since its inception.

He informed that the Block has received Rs.5.2 crore for the fiscal year of 2011-2012. According to him, cardholders received Rs 100 per day and also worked 100 days out of 365 days during a financial year.

KSU checking: The Mawthadrashan unit of KSU recently conducted a surprise checking of documents of labourers engaged in construction of Shillong-Tura via Nongstoin road (NH-44E).

During checking it was found that around 200 labourers did not have any work permit.

The KSU team issued 10-day dateline to the construction company under which they were working to make necessary arrangements for their work permit.

On the expiry of ten-day dateline, the KSU team on Thursday conducted another round of checking. During the checking it was found that 30 labourers could not produce any documents. All of them were later sent off by the student body members.

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