In yet another achievement, Odisha has emerged a lead performer in many developmental interventions and now strides ahead of national average in many indicators of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
This was revealed during the Governing Body meeting of MGNREGS Society chaired by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy here on Wednesday. Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra was present in the Meeting.
Reviewing the progress of MGNRGES projects in different districts, the Chief Secretary directed the departments to take up more need based projects in convergence with MGNREGS.
According to officials, the meeting decided to take up more number of projects in sectors like agriculture, horticulture, rural housing, land development, rural sanitation, plantation, seedling raising, rural parks, livelihood enhancement, water harvesting, pond development etc.
Mr.Tripathy directed the concerned departments to keep ready a shelf of innovative projects as per need of the local community in consultation with Panchayati Raj department.
He also directed to take up child friendly interventions in Anganwadi Centers and development of land given under Forest Rights Act in convergence with MGNREGS.
State Mission Director Rajesh Patil said that Odisha is ahead of national average in the indicators like project completion, Geo-tagging, timely payment of wages, individual beneficiary based projects, e-payment, and employment generation.
Around 91 per cent of the projects up to FY 2018-19 have been completed against the national average of 89.5 per cent.
Similarly, 95 per cent of the assets created under MGNREGS during Phase-I and 84 per cent assets created under Phase-II have been geo-tagged against the national average of 91 per cent and 79 per cent respectively.
The officials said with regard to timely payment of wages, 99.4 per cent payments have been made within the scheduled timeline against the national average of 96.5 per cent.
The percentage of the completion of individual beneficiary based projects has gone up to 86 per cent against national average of 68 per cent, the officials added.
The percentage of workers seeded with Aadhar number and paid their wages through e-payment is around 89 per cent against national average of 74 per cent and the percentage of man-days created in State is 85 per cent of the approved labour budget against the national average of 79.6 per cent, these officials said.
In the current year, 844.92 lakh person days have been generated by January 20 which is 14.67 lakh more than the person days created during 2018-19.
Principal Secretary Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh informed that Odisha is now on leading front in the matters of convergence with other projects.
Effective convergence have been made in the projects like green fencing, nutri-garden and plantation in AWCs, development of rural park, establishment of panchyat library, building of GP Ghara, beautification of multi-utility GP tank, intercropping plantation, fodder cultivation, construction of cattle shed, dugwell and land development. Lemon grass cultivation in convergence with MGNREGS has proved effective in Sonepur district, he said.
According to experts, the farmers can earn Rs, 30,000 to Rs,40,000 per acre through this cultivation.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Sandeep Tripathi along with non-official subject experts participated in the deliberations.