Dev works come to grinding halt: Govt fails to clear 600 Cr liabilities under MGNREGA
Srinagar, Dec 9:
Developmental works in rural areas have come to a grinding halt after Jammu and
Kashmir government failed to clear Rs 600 crore liabilities under MGNREGA
were entrusted to carry out developmental works in order to strengthen
grassroots democracy. But for the last several years, liabilities including
wages have mounted to Rs 600 crore. With the result, labourers and contractors
have stopped working in most of the villages.
An official of
Rural Development Department said it is very difficult for labourers to work
without wages for months.
liabilities include material purchased for developmental works,” he said.
however hastened to add that some payment has been released in the current
fiscal so far. “Centre has released some payment but J&K government is yet
to disburse it among labourers and contractors,” he said.
labourers engaged for developmental works under MGNREGA must get their wages
within 14 days.
Jammu Kashmir Panchayat Association, (AJKPA), Shafiq Mir claimed that Panchayat
members are not able to start developmental works in their respective
“As per our
assessment, liability under MGNREGA scheme has reached Rs 900 crore, of which
Rs 300 crore are pending wages of labourers,” Mir said.
He said holding
Panchayat elections was “mere eyewash”. “Government is lying that it is
empowering Panchayat members. All developmental works have been halted as
labourers are not ready to work because their wages have not been cleared,” he
Development Department, Sheetal Nanda said some payment of under MGNREGA scheme
said she can’t share further details on the phone.
said, has released Rs 1000 crore to Panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir.
There are 4,490
Sarpanch and 35096 Panch constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. Around 21 departments including Rural
Development, Social Welfare, Health, Education, Power, Horticulture, Fisheries
and Agriculture, come under the administrative control of Panches and
Sarpanches at Gram Panchayat level.
addition to being involved in the selection of eligible beneficiaries for
various government welfare schemes, can get Rs 50 lakh-80 lakh per year for
implementation of key national schemes such as the National Health Mission and
Samagra Shiksha etc.