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Nat’l rural employment guarantee scheme kicked off in Kokrajhar

Posted by egovindia on July 31, 2006

Nat’l rural employment guarantee scheme kicked off in Kokrajhar
From Our Correspondent


KOKRAJHAR, July 29 – Following the launch of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) 2006 in Kokrajhar district recently, the District Rural development Agency (DRDA) here has chalked out a series of measures and also identified the necessary course of action for implementation of the same for the benefit of the rural people.

Jagmohan Basumatary, executive engineer, DRDA, Kokrajhar district recently said that already 1,59,741 households have been registered under the scheme and 4451 registered job seekers given work on the day of launching of the scheme. He also added that as many as 1571 schemes for rural development have been approved to be implemented under this scheme of which 148 have already started.

Talking to this correspondent, Basumatary also informed that under the council of Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) formed a unique structure with village council development council (VCDC). These are the gaon panchayat and territorial constituency level coordination committee (TCLCC) involving revenue villages headed by the BTC to implement the scheme.

Basumatary also revealed that an amount of Rs 20 crore has been received recently under the scheme from the government. However, due to the engagement of registered jobs seekers in mostly agricultural works of our land during monsoon, further works will begin in earnest when the job seekers approach the BDOs of respective blocks, possibly after the end of the monsoons. He added that the authority has also decided to cover each area with a radial distance of 5 km for the local people only to prevent migration from outside for work under the scheme.

He further informed that works like plantation, connectivity, water reserves etc and those entitled by VCDC and TCLCC are identified as the avenues to absorb job seekers under this scheme.

Talking to this correspondent, Bistu Basumatary, chairman, Dumariguri VCDC under Dotma block said, ‘1200 households have been given job cards for 3200 plus job seekers from this area.’ Another employee Dhananjoy Brahma of the same area said, ‘such schemes are helpful for the rural people if continued uninterrupted and we are very much happy to get 100 days employment guarantee in a year.’

One Manik Chandra Brahma, chairman of Borshijhora VCDC informed that 5000 households are registered under the scheme within his area and said, ‘sufficient awareness and training is badly needed as many of the job seekers are confused with job cards as BPL cards.’

The local administration at Kokrajhar is seeking to implement the scheme in letter and spirit and they claim that the success in projects of ‘Food for work’ is highly satisfied in the district.

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