50 mandays’ work for 13 households = Rs 5.96 cr?

Swapan Dasgupta in The Sunday Times of India:

“There is pressure on the government to widen the scope of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, now operational in 330 districts, nationally. Last year, the NREG Programme devoured Rs 12,000 crore of taxpayers’ money; this year, its drum-beaters want double that amount….

“The NREGA deems that 60% of any approved project must comprise labour costs. The other 40% can include material and skilled labour. A draft report by the Comptroller and Auditor General reveals that only 3.2% of the registered households could avail of 100 days ‘guaranteed’ work. The average employment under NREGP was just 18 days. Rahul Gandhi says that only five per cent of the money reaches the beneficiaries.

“A report on the NREGA website says that in the six chosen districts of Karnataka only 13 households were provided 50 mandays employment in seven months. This ‘achievement’ cost Rs 1.47 crore in wages, Rs 1.65 crore on material and Rs 2.84 crore on ‘contingencies’!”

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6 Responses to “50 mandays’ work for 13 households = Rs 5.96 cr?”

  1. Dinesh Says:

    Swapan Dasgupta:
    >>>
    To correct the follies, the fanatics want a dedicated babudom to run NREGP – a remedy worse than the ailment.
    <<>>The main deficiency was the lack of adequate administrative and technical manpower at the Block and GP levels, especially the Programme Officer, Technical Assistants, and Employment Guarantee Assistants. The lack of manpower adversely affected the preparation of plans, scrutiny, approval, monitoring and measurement of works, and maintenance of the stipulated records at the block and GP level. Besides affecting the implementation of the scheme and the provision of employment, this also impacted adversely on transparency, and made it difficult to verify the provision of the legal guarantee of 100 days of employment on demand.
    <<>>
    A full-time dedicated administrative and technical organizational setup is required for the successful implementation of NREGA, especially in the 200 districts notified in Phase-I.
    <<<

    Swapan Dasgupta – a tool indeed.

  2. Dinesh Says:

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    Swapan Dasgupta:

    To correct the follies, the fanatics want a dedicated babudom to run NREGP – a remedy worse than the ailment.

    From the CAG report:

    The main deficiency was the lack of adequate administrative and technical manpower at the Block and GP levels, especially the Programme Officer, Technical Assistants, and Employment Guarantee Assistants. The lack of manpower adversely affected the preparation of plans, scrutiny, approval, monitoring and measurement of works, and maintenance of the stipulated records at the block and GP level. Besides affecting the implementation of the scheme and the provision of employment, this also impacted adversely on transparency, and made it difficult to verify the provision of the legal guarantee of 100 days of employment on demand.

    One of the recommendations by the CAG:

    A full-time dedicated administrative and technical organizational setup is required for the successful implementation of NREGA, especially in the 200 districts notified in Phase-I.

    Swapan Dasgupta – a tool indeed.

  3. Doddi Buddi Says:

    Dinesh,

    Can you explain in some ‘plain’ language what is your solution to the NREGA problem? Thanks. I have my doubts that CAG would make that recommendation for another layer of ‘babudom’!!

  4. Narayana Says:

    I am tired of NREG harebrains.. I am posting my solution here

    http://nadunudi.wordpress.com/2008/02/10/a-plan-for-improving-effectiveness-of-nreg-programme/

  5. sai kothai Says:

    Although NREGA has been problems in its implementation, specially with regard to disbursemnet of wages — that’s riddled with bureaucracy, the writer has driven his argument in a rather dubious manner. Seemed like a mere left-bashing act.
    Moreover, there’s an error in this paragraph from Swapan Dasgupta’s article:
    “A report on the NREGA website says that in the six chosen districts of Karnataka only 13 households were provided 50 mandays employment in seven months. This ‘achievement’ cost Rs 1.47 crore in wages, Rs 1.65 crore on material and Rs 2.84 crore on ‘contingencies’!”

    I wondered how merely “13 households” could be covered under such a massive outlay of funds. For eg, for Phase 1 of the implementation in Karanataka in 5 districts, the numbers are far higher…check the following links:

    http://nrega.nic.in/states/mPr_emp_reg.asp

    http://nrega.nic.in/stateRep/web/KRnrega.htm

    http://nrega.nic.in/homestciti.asp?state_code=15&state_name=KARNATAKA

  6. babuds Says:

    NREG is a scheme which for the first time tried to address the forgotten millions of our people, living in dire poverty. As with all government schemes, there is the problem of implementation. As responsible citizens we should monitor this program to see that it is going on right path and make it successful.

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