Naveen urges Centre to release Rs. 1195 core under MGNREGS

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 26: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday urged the Centre to release Rs. 1195 core to resume the implementation of MGNREGS in the state.

In a letter to Chaudhary Birender Singh, Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water and Sanitation, CM Naveen Patnaik said, "I would like to draw your kind attention to the fact that there has been serious dislocation in the effective implementation of MGNREGS in our State since January, 2014 due to shortage of funds under the Scheme. During the last quarter of the financial year 2013-14, there was a requirement of Rs.363.24 Crore as per the Labour Budget agreed to by Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India. Against that, only Rs.82.61 Crore was released in two installments during the same year. To ensure uninterrupted implementation of the scheme and payment to labourers, the State Govt. released an advance to the tune of Rs.300.00 Crore from its own funds to manage the situation".

"During the current financial year, the State has again faced similar shortage of funds due to less release of funds by MoRD, GoI leading to repeated disruptions of works under the scheme. As per the Labour Budget agreed to by MoRD, Govt. of India, there is a requirement of Rs.1258.50 Crore up to the quarter ending December, 2014. So far only Rs.685.91 Crore has been released in three installments by MoRD. There is still an advance of Rs.219.88 Crore released earlier from the State Exchequer to be settled by Govt. of India. The implementation of MGNREGS in the State has come to a complete halt since 15th of October, 2014 due to paucity of funds. A proposal requesting for further release of funds has been sent to MoRD on 13th of November, 2014. I would, therefore, request you to kindly intervene in the matter for immediate release of Rs.1195.40 Crore to the State to resume implementation of the scheme in the State", Patnaik added.

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