Despite producing 269 lakh individual days and beginning on an excellent be aware regardless of Covid-19, Punjab has solely managed to finish 15 per cent of labor focused beneath National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme. There are nonetheless 3 months of the monetary 12 months left to realize the remaining goal of 85 per cent. The state, in the meantime, has utilised 60 per cent of the entire grant earmarked for this monetary 12 months majority for the wages.
Last 12 months within the submit lockdown interval in June month, the state had witnessed a 40 per cent rise in individual days.
The state has taken up 1.31 lakh works beneath the scheme prior to now 9 months until December 31, 2020 together with some spill over works of the final monetary 12 months out of which solely 19,612 works (round 15 per cent of the entire taken up works) may very well be accomplished until date. The state has spent round Rs 915 crore out of complete grant of Rs 1,500 crore earmarked for the state this 12 months which is nearly double the grant in opposition to final 12 months.
Till date the state has generated 269.47 lakh individual days within the 9 months that are greater in opposition to earlier years even when 235.26 lakh, 204.96 lakh, 223.13 lakh and 157.13 lakh individuals days have been created in 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
Also with the passing months, the labour days of ladies individual days out of the entire additionally obtained decreased to 57. 03 per cent in opposition to 58.21 per cent within the month of October.
There are solely 195 Gram Panchayats (GPs) out of 13,326 GPs within the state the place not a single penny was spent.
The authorities has fastened targets for each district and these districts have to fulfill these on this monetary 12 months solely to utilise the whole funds.
Under NREGA, 60:40 ratio must be maintained for cash to be spent on wages and materials, respectively. But within the state until date 76 per cent quantity has been spent on the wages and 22.22 per cent on the fabric. In some districts the expenditure on materials is barely round 10 per cent and 90 per cent is spent on the wages solely out of the grant spent until date.
In Majha area — Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Tarn Taran –solely 3,400 works may very well be accomplished out of 27,000 which involves 12.5 per cent of the entire works. In Doaba area –Jalandhar Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Nawanshahr — 4,017 works may very well be accomplished out of complete 32,000 works which additionally involves 12.5 per cent, whereas in Malwa area, the place 14 districts fall, round 17 per cent works (12,195 tasks) have been accomplished out of 72,000 complete undertaken.
In Amritsar, 1,289 works may very well be accomplished out of seven,000, and 45 per cent funds was utilised together with 13 per cent on materials. In Barnala, 269 works may very well be accomplished out of two,000 with an expenditure of Rs 17 crore (49 per cent of the entire funds for the district) together with 16.16 per cent was spent on materials. In Bathinda, 1,011 works of 5,000 may very well be accomplished with a price of Rs 35 crore and solely round 11 per cent was spent on materials. Faridkot accomplished 630 works out of three,000 with a price of Rs 35 crore by spending 34 per cent on materials.
Fatehgarh Sahib district has accomplished 1,028/5,000 with Rs 59 crore and 10 per cent on materials. In Ferozepur, 1,248 of 10,000 works accomplished at the price of Rs 57.76 crore and round 35 per being spent on materials.
In Fazilka, 605 of 5000 works may very well be accomplished with a price of Rs 47.75 crores and 26.21 per cent of the cash being spent on materials. Gurdaspur noticed 932 out 11,000 works being accomplished with a price of Rs. 69.68 crores with 32.37 per cent expenditure on materials procurement. In Hoshiarpur, 1,383 works of 16,000 have been accomplished at a price of Rs 59.71 crores and 20.15 per cent on materials, whereas in Jalandhar, 485 works of 6,000 have been accomplished at a price of Rs 29 crores and 13.36 per cent on materials. Kapurthala noticed 955 of 4,000 works being accomplished at a price of Rs 25 crore and round 12 per cent on materials. Ludhiana registered completion of 886 of seven,000 tasks at value of Rs 68 crore and 26 per cent spent on materials. In Mansa, 1,230 of 4,000 works have been accomplished with Rs 33.89 crore spent and round 28 per cent expenditure on materials.
Not a single district within the state has met the 60:40 ratio besides some districts which have spent 25% to 36% on the fabric.
The division of Rural Development and Panchayat Punjab sources mentioned that a lot of the tasks are being executed beneath the Natural Resource Management (NRM) and solely 36 per cent of works are taken up beneath class B, which included creating group or particular person property, whereas 55 per cent of the entire works are being executed beneath Agriculture and Agriculture Allied works.
Majority of the districts of the state are fairly behind their respective targets like Mohali that has not even accomplished even 2 per cent of the entire works.
Sources additionally mentioned that materials is at all times procured on the idea of the credit score and its fee is obtained by the state authorities from the Center solely after completion of the challenge. The wages, nonetheless, are transferred to the accounts of NREGA employees straight.
Minister Rural Development and Panchayat Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa couldn’t be contacted.