Bhubaneswar, 21/12/2017 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty )- : Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday urged the Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to release Rs 676.57 crore to meet requirement of funds under MGNREGA till December 2017.
In a letter to the Union Minister, the Chief Minister said, “The Labour Budget of the State under MGNREGA scheme for the Financial Year 2017-18 agreed to by the Ministry of Rural Development is 900 lakh person days with a financial implication of Rs 2, 798.37 crore. Up to December 2017, the approved Labour Budget is Rs 678.13 lakh person days for Rs 2108.51 crore. Against this, the Central Share is Rs 1909.60 crore. Besides, there was committed liability of Rs Rs 380.59 crore pertaining to the Financial Year 2016-17. In all, Rs 2290.19 crore was supposed to be released by Government of India to the state government by the end of December, 2017. However, Government of India has released only Rs 1613.62 crore (including pending liability) till date and thus there is shortfall of Rs 676.57 crore. In the meanwhile, FTOs of Rs 130.53 crore are pending with Ne-FMS to be credited to the accounts of MGNREGA workers.The state government has declared 5958 villages under 1097 gram panchayats of 70 blocks in 15 districts as drought affected. Yet labourers are not evincing interest in availing MGNREGS work due to non-receipt of wages on time, which may cause distress migration. On its part, the state government has ensured that all FTOs are generated on time without any delay.”
The state government has created a corpus of Rs 300 crore to meet any eventuality due to non-availability of fund under Ne-FMS, so that the wage earners get their wages within the stipulated time period. Since the Ministry of Rural Development has not finalized the modalities for release and recoupment of the corpus fund, the government is not able to utilize this fund to meet the exigency, the CM added.