IMPHAL, April 20, 2018 (DIPR): The State has been qualified for Pradhan Mantri Gram SadakYojana-II for upgradation of selected through routes to 5.5 m width road for a length of 325 km and preparation of DPR is underway, said PMGSY/MSRRDA Chief Engineer Shri Th.Nandakeshore today.
Addressing media persons at the first session of today’s press conference held at the Directorate of Information and Public Relations office, he said as on 31st March, 2018, 1132 works have been completed out of 1544 works sanctioned (Phase I to X) by the Ministry of Rural Development, GoI at an expenditure of Rs. 1834 crore.
Connectivity has been provided to 700 numbers of habitations out of 798 approved by the MoRD and out of 6720 km sanctioned road length at a cost of Rs. 2331 crore, 5850 km has been completed.
The achievement in terms of road length during 2017-18 was 731 km against the target of 1000 km (revised) and in terms of habitations 60 against 85 as set by the MoRD, GoI.
He said that the target for FY 2018-19 is 1200 km road length which is 3.29 km of average construction per day and 110 habitations for which Rs. 600 crore has been allocated by the MoRD. For PMGSY Phase-XI (Batch-I, 2017-18), the sanctioned work is 127 including 121 roads and six bridges having a road length of 1200 km and 101 habitations at a cost of 588 crore.
For PMGSY Phase-XI (Batch-II, 2017-18), sanctioned work is 195 including 142 roads and 53 bridges having a road length of 1725 km and 96 habitations at a cost of Rs. 1205 crore.For PMGSY Phase-XII (Batch-I, 2018-19), proposal for construction of 136 works including 109 roads and 27 bridges having road length of 1720 km, 30 habitations at a cost of Rs. 1020 crore has been submitted to NRRDA/MoRD.
He said that on the maintenance front, the MSRRDA has been carrying out post construction routine maintenance for the roads and bridges constructed under the PMGSY with inbuilt maintenance. The PMGSY roads are also expected to be of the highest quality as a 3-tier quality control system has been envisaged. The contractor has set up a field laboratory at the work site and the PIU functions as the first tier of the quality control. The State Quality Monitors (SQMs) coordinates a second independent tier f quality control and the NRRDA enforces a 3rd tier of quality control through the National Quality Monitors. He said the design loads of the PMGSY Road is only 8.2 tonne, however, heavy load laden vehicles plying along the road ultimately damages the roads and its components.
The Chief Engineer also explained the E-tendering system, E-payment, GIS, Reseasrch and Development, Nano Technology and Geotextile components of the scheme. He also said that complaints can be lodged through the “MERI SADAK” mobile phone based applications or the CPGRAMS: “Centralised Public Grievances Redress and Monitoring System” through omms.nic.in.
Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Government of Manipur, Joint Secretary Shri Somorjit Salam said the Ministry of Rural Development has released Rs. 11504.69 lakh as 1st instalment for Financial Year 2018-19 for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), which will generate approximately seven days of work, said, today.
He said that the MoRD has approved a Labour Budget of 160 lakh Person Days during the Empowered Committee for Financial Year 2018-19 which is approximately 30 mandays of work for Manipur (Rs.53504 lakh).
He said that the RD&PR is a major department implementing several schemes in the State. The department, he said, will also play a pivotal role in the State government initiative of “Go to the villages”.
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is a flagship programme of the Government of India and aims at enhancing livelihood security of the rural poor especially BPL families by at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.
Shri Somorjit said that during the financial year 2017-18, the Central Share Received was Rs. 15778.89 lakh and with the State Matching share the total fund stood at Rs. 20483.35 lakh. The average days of employment provided per household last year was 12 days and the total active job card till date is 5.46 lakh. Increasing outreach to the poor and marginalised groups like the SC/ST, Women, handicapped is also an achievement last year.
He said that another achievement, which is also a major thrust area in the implementation of the scheme, is strengthening natural resource base. Last year, out of the 7229 works undertaken, 56.99 percent was for Natural Resource Management and this year the target is 75 percent.
Wages payment for MGNREGA has been made through Electronic Funds Management System (ePMS) which means money is directly transferred to the beneficiary’s accounts. Crediting wags into bank accounts will reduce leakages, reduce delay in payments, eliminate middlemen activities, will do away with paper work thus “Green Environment” initiative, reduce administrative cost, simplified book-keeping, ensure complete transparency, accountability, etc. He said the system is yet to be achieved in some hill districts, however, efforts are on to achieve the same at the earliest.
He further explained the Geo tagging of Assets created under the scheme
Shri Somorjit also explained the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G) and said beneficiaries under the scheme are selected through Socio Economic Caste Census-2011 data and the selected beneficiaries will receive Rs. 1.30 lakhs from the PMAY-G component for construction of house. Additionally, a sum of Rs.12,000 is to be provided from MGNREGS for construction of low cost toilet. Further, 95 person days of wage employment may be granted for construction of own house of beneficiary – therein, an additional amount of Rs.19,380 may be provided from MGNREGS component. The total unit cost to be received by the beneficiary is Rs. 1,61,380.
The amount shall, however, be released to the beneficiaries in three instalment and release of the second and third instalments shall be preceded by designated officials visiting the site and verification of work details. Geo-tagged photos of the beneficiary’s current house and proposed location will be mandatory before release of funds.
The Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission (MSRLM) is the implementing body of DAY-NRLM (DeendayalAntodyayaYojna- National Rural Livelihood Mission).
In the State, the program implementation was started in 2016 in four blocks namely Sawombung and Keirao Blocks of Imphal East District, Machi block of Chandel District and Tengnoupal Block of Tengnoupal District. In the current FY 2018-19, 12 new blocks will be entered and the remaining blocks will be covered in the next phase by FY 2019-20.
The MSRLM has presently mobilised more than 14,935 women into forming 1246 Self Help Groups in the four blocks and SHGs have also federated into 63 Village Level Federations which comprises of more than 10-20 SHGs.
As of now, the State Mission has provided Revolving Fund to 673 SHGs amounting to Rs.80.70 lakh and Community Investment Fund (CIF) of Rs. 1.10 lakh each for SHGs has been provided through 47 VLFs.
The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) is the skills action-arm of the NRLM tasked with skilling rural youth. The DDU-GKY works with Project Implementing Agencies to build and secure jobs to rural youths. The scheme also assures 70 percent of total trained candidates (subject to performance) with a minimum salary of Rs. 8000 per month.
Shri Somorjit also spoke on SAGY Villages adopted by Members of Parliament and RURBAN. He said three RURBAN Clusters have already been selected namely Khangabok Cluster, Keirao Makting Cluster and Saikul Cluster.
Deputy Secretary RD&PR Bidyarani Ayekpam said that the main target in implementation of MGNREGA is to maintain transparency and smooth payment of wages by transferring the wages directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. For this the job-card holders should also ensure that they open bank accounts and their pass books or ATM cards are with them, she said.
RD & PR Director Dr. K. Shyamsunder Singh said that there are six Zilla Parishads and 161 Gram Panchayats. He said that the total fund received from the 14th Central Finance Commission 2017-18 for GPs is Rs.35.59 crores and another Rs. 4.57 crores as Performance Grant to 63 GPs.