Bhubaneswar, August 22 (LocalWire) In order to manage and monitor Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the government has decided to set up a special project management unit (PMU) within the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department.
A tender in this regard has been floated last week by the department aiming to hire an agency which will be responsible for the project management.
The agency will design a robust monitoring mechanism for streamlined implementation of the scheme; prepare a roadmap and action plan for MGNREG Society, Odisha among various other responsibilities which include dealing with the Union Government amid other provisions.
The state has taken significant steps to improve rural income in the state under the scheme.
A dedicated PMU within the department will ensure special focus to the scheme, according to the tender document.
For timely payment and direct transfer of the funds to the beneficiary, a special corpus fund has already been created under the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department.
In February this year, while presenting an interim budget for 2019-20 fiscal, the state government had set aside Rs. 1201 crore for MGNREGA payment.
In a separate decision, the Odisha government has plans to pay workers registered under MGNRGS the minimum wage declared by the state government, which is higher than the payment committed under the rural income guarantee scheme.
The national rural guarantee scheme has provisions for Rs 186 per day payment while the under state government rule, the minimum daily wage of an unskilled worker has been fixed at Rs 280 a day.
The decision, however, will be applicable only for Bolangir and Nuapada districts, according to a decision taken last week by an interdepartmental meeting.
Since it was observed that the rate of migration has been higher in these districts, a decision was taken to focus these areas to boost basic income level.
In other decision, the government has plans to provide at least 200 days of work under the scheme in these two districts, double from the existing provisions of providing 100 days of work.
The rest of the districts will continue to get existing benefits under the scheme as of now.