In a written response to inquiries raised by Villupuram MP D Ravikumar, the minister provided state statistics on the published fund for the 2020-21 fiscal year and the person-days generated through July 16 for the 2021-22 fiscal year under MGNREGA.
Tamil Nadu, which received 8.941 million rupees in the last fiscal year, ranked sixth on the list of states that received the highest central funding. Uttar Pradesh topped the list with Rs 12,257 crore followed by West Bengal (Rs 10,993 crore), Andhra Pradesh (Rs 10,365 crore), Madhya Pradesh (Rs 9,225 crore) and Rajasthan (Rs 9,129 crore).
The ministry has proposed to generate 278.3 million person-days for the current prosecutor. As of July 16, a total of Rs 120.5 million-person-day has been generated in the current fiscal year. Andhra Pradesh topped the list with 18.4 crore-people-days followed by Madhya Pradesh (13.7 crore), Telangana (9.8 crore), Rajasthan (8.6 crore), West Bengal (8.3 crore) and Odisha (8 crore).
Since MGNREGA is a ‘demand driven’ program, the rural development ministry does not make state financial allocations.
The minister said that the ministry had taken appropriate measures to strengthen transparency and accountability, such as geotagging of assets, direct transfer of benefits, national electronic fund management system, Payment system based on Aadhaar, software for calculating estimates using rural employment rates and appointment of ombudsman in all districts of the states and territories of the Union.
The ministry has also advised Union states and territories to establish independent social audit units, train village specialists, and carry out regular social audits.
“The responsibility for the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi NREGA rests with the states / UT. The ministry periodically reviews the implementation performance. Central Council for Employment Guarantee and the state employment guarantee councils regularly monitor the implementation of the program, “Jyoti said.
Ministry officials will visit Union states and territories and conduct field visits to review the progress of the program. They will share the deficiencies and recommendations with the states and territories of the Union so that they take the appropriate measures.