Bhubaneswar,Nov 09(Odisha.in) Orissa government has announced to pay “Unemployment Allowance” to 126 poor persons as it failed to provide them required employment under national Rural Employment Guarantee scheme.
The beneficiaries belong to the Mirdhapalli village of Bolangir district and they would get unemployment allowance for 22 days from the Panchayat Raj department as per the guidelines of the Orissa Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme being implemented under the NREGA.
This was informed by the authorities of the Panchayati Raj department at the Sitting of Assembly Standing Committee relating to the Panchayati Raj department held recently.
“The standing committee headed by Narasimha Mishra had received allegations that these people were not provided job under the scheme.
Admitting that the allegations found to be correct and for failing to provide wage employment, the authorities informed the Standing Committee that the job seekers would be compensated with 22 days unemployment allowance, which is first of kind in the state”, Mishra said.
The basic objective of the scheme is to enhance livelihood security to rural areas by providing 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every household, whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.
Its objectives among others- generating productive assets, protecting the environment, empowering rural women, reducing rural –urban migration and fostering social equity.
The scheme has been launched in 19 districts of the state during the year 2006-7.
Similarly the panel while taking stock of the implementation of the Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) now being implemented in 19 districts of the state has also recommended that no work under the scheme should be taken up on the recommendation of the elected representatives.
And all the projects with estimated value of Rs.1 lakh or above should be taken up only after floating tenders.