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Bihar NREGA to have e-muster roll

Posted Feb 19 2009 5:09pm

Patna: The Government of Bihar has decided to introduce e-muster roll to ensure transparency in making payments to the labourers working in all schemes under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and Bihar State Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (BSREGS).

Speaking at a workshop organised to sensitise stakeholders in Patna on Sunday, the Rural Development Department Principal Secretary Anup Mukherjee said that this system would lessen the chances of corruption and also standardise the wages being paid to the labourers.

At present, Araia, Aurangabad, Bhabhua, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gopalganj, Jehanabad, Katihar, Kishanganj, Lakhisarai,Madhubani, Munger, Muzaffarpur,Nalanda, Nawada, Patna, Rohatas, Samastipur, Sheohar, Supaul and Vaishali districts of the state are covered with NREGA with 90:10 centre-state funding.

The remaining districts of the state were also brought under this scheme on state's own resources (BSREGS) from February 2, 2006.

Recently, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has reprimanded both state as well as central government for rampant corruption and less payment of wage in this project, which guarantees 100 days employment to the registered labourers or else they would be paid unemployment pension.

The introduction of this e-muster roll system would help bring greater transparency in the execution of this scheme at lower level.

At present 50:30:10 ratio of expenditure is maintained between Panchayat, Block and Zilla Parishad, respectively.
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