An e-shakti scheme has been launched in Bihar to provide employment to the poor under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes (NREGS) for all districts
NITISH Kumar the Chief Minister of Bihar launched the e-shakti scheme for National Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes (NREGS) for all districts in Bihar on October 14. It is a unique scheme where eligible job seekers, who have already been supplied with job cards under NREGS can, ask for jobs under the scheme over telephone. Toll free numbers are being installed in the headquarters for this scheme.
The CM was very critical of the department of rural development because the overall performance of the NREGS is not satisfactory and the state is on the second last rung of performance on a national basis. The poor administrative infrastructure, ill trained personnel, rampant corruption at the panchayat level and apathy among departmental officials are the root causes of the dismal performance of this flagship scheme, which was started by the UPA government with much fanfare. In order to improve upon this scheme both in terms of financial and physical target achievement, the government took a decision only a couple of days ago that NREGS would be implemented though departments other than rural development. Departments like Water Resources, Welfare, Road construction, Building construction, REO and Minor Irrigation among others have also been asked to prepare plans to provide jobs those registered under NREGS. The rules with respect to the NREGA are such that any state which fails to utilize allocated funds under this scheme would have next year’s allocation reduced by the same proportion. Thus every year Bihar keeps getting a lesser amount.