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7,000 rural schemes incomplete since 2006 

TAP | Updated: May 5, 2017

Set target for geo-tagging of MGNREGA assets: Khandu 
ITANAGAR, May 05: Work on 7,000 MGNREGA schemes in Arunachal Pradesh are incomplete since the programme started in 2006, Union joint secretary (MGNREGA) Aparajita Sarangi informed Chief Minister Pema Khandu here.
Sarangi, leading a central team that includes MGNREGA Director Gaya Prasad, who has been touring the state to monitor MGNREGA works, had called on Khandu at his office on Friday.
The visiting team highlighted their observations from their visit to Lower Subansiri district, a CMO report said.
The joint secretary emphasised the need to diversify the works with only three types of work – drainage, roads and flood protection – being executed on the ground.
She advised orientation and awareness programmes for the rural people to give them scope to diversify their works. She, however, drew satisfaction that the people had high level of awareness about MGNREGA schemes. 
Informing the chief minister that the Centre was keen to provide more funds under MGNREGA, Sarangi said the process should be fast-tracked to enable the state to receive full grants.
She urged the state government to submit utilization certificates (UCs) for the Centre to release more funds. The state is unable to absorb funds due to lack of UCs being submitted to the Centre, she said.
Sarangi also emphasised on geo-tagging of assets created under MGNREGA scheme informing that PM is personally monitoring these works.
For successful implementation of MGNREGA in the state, the joint secretary suggested assigning a full-time secretary or commissioner level officer as it is a huge department. She also sought training programmes for officers and staff of the department.
“These measures when taken up will equip the department for monitoring works,” she said and suggested certain measures while coming up with a 15-points suggestion for the Rural Development 
Department for quality work. The chief minister directed the department to immediately work on submission of UCs for all the pending works. He also asked them to set a target for geo-tagging of MGNREGA assets. RD Minister Alo Libang informed the visiting Central team that the state government was working to improve the system and make it more efficient. The meeting was attended by RD & PR parliamentary secretary Mama Natung and secretary RD Dani Salu, the report added.