Odisha Betters National Average In MGNREGS Indicators

Adding another feather to its achievements, Odisha has confirmed that it is performing better than the national average in many indicators of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). This information was disclosed at the Governing Body meeting of MGNREGS Society chaired by the Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy in Lok Seva Bhawan.

Overseeing the progress of MGNREGS projects in different districts, the Chief Secretary has asked the departments to prioritize on a need base basis in convergence with MGNREGS. Sectors like agriculture, horticulture, rural housing, land development, rural sanitation, plantation, seedling raising, rural parks, livelihood enhancement, water harvesting, pond development, were to get more focus as per the instructions.

The Chief Secretary has also directed departments to keep innovative projects-ready at hand as per the need of the local community in consultation with the Panchayati Raj department.

Shedding light on the official statistics, State Mission Director Rajesh Patil said, “Odisha is ahead of the 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% of the projects up to FY 2018-19 have been completed against the national average of 89.5%. Similarly, 95% of the assets created under MGNREGS during Phase-I and 84% assets created under Phase-II have been geo-tagged against the national average of 91% and 79% respectively.

“With regard to the timely payment of wages, 99.4% of payments have been made within the scheduled timeline against the national average of 96.5%. The percentage of the completion of individual beneficiary based projects has gone up to 86% against the national average of 68%. The percentage of workers seeded with Aadhaar number and paid their wages through e-payment is around 89% against the national average of 74%. The percentage of man-days created in Odisha is 85% of the approved labour budget against the national average of 79.6%. In the current year, 844.92 lakh person days have been generated by 20th January which is 14.67 lakh more than the person-days created during 2018-19”, he added.