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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Award for Social Inclusion under MGNREGA- Isles bag Best State/UT and Best Gram Panchayat: PORT BlAIR

The A&N Islands has won two awards under MGNREGA this year in the category of Best State/UT and ‘Best Gram Panchayat’ Award under Social Inclusion. It is a matter of pride that since inception of the scheme, this is for the first time that the Islands has won the State Award for MGNREGA.

At a function held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 02nd Feb, 2015, the Hon’ble Union Minister of Rural Development, Govt. of India, Shri Birender Singh, presented the “Scroll of Honour” to the Rural Development Department, MGNREGA State team of A&N Islands in appreciation of the initiatives for Social Inclusion under MGNREGA Scheme.

The Best Gram Panchayat Award has been given to Chainpur, Gram Panchayat under North & Middle Andaman. Smt Sarlawathi, Pradhan of Chainpur Panchayat received the award during the 10th MGNREGA Sammelan and Award Distribution function. The Chainpur Panchayat bagged the Best Gram Panchayat Award because of the outstanding implementation of the MGNREGA Scheme.

Despite the hurdles and remote location of the Islands, this UT has come through successfully in implementing this programme. The evaluation had been done by the Ministry by way of detailed procedure in filtering out the best State/UT for the coveted Award under MGNREGA. Detailed field inspection had also been carried out by a team from the Ministry in this regard to have a proper assessment of the work done.

The Hon’ble Lt Governor has expressed his appreciation for the Rural Development Department and Chainpur Panchayat in particular. He also desired Secretary (RD) and a team of officers to sort out other pending issues of the Panchayat. The Lt Governor also promised to pay a visit to Chainpur in the near future to meet the people of the area.

The MGNREGA scheme is being implemented in this UT successfully.  In this financial year 2013-14, as against the target of 7,85,000 persondays, 8,34,307 persondays were generated, which comes to 106% - much more than the target.  Among the persondays generated, 48% were women and 102 Nos were physically challenged persons.  Also 100 days of employment was provided to around 2700 households in this UT, thereby meeting the very objective of the scheme to provide 100 days of guaranteed wage employment to the rural adult who volunteer to do unskilled manual work.

Source: Echo of India, 4th Feb 2015

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