MNREGS: Workers to get lesser pay if they fail to finish job on time

MK Suresh

MGNREGS workers. Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The government has decided to bring changes to rules to bolster the efficiency of work carried out under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS).

The supervisor in each workplace will be given the power to check whether day-to-day tasks are completed on time. The wages will be affected if a worker fails to finish work pending from the previous day.

A meeting of supervisors will be convened every day in the presence of the overseer and grama panchayat engineer to evaluate the works. Further, a group of 5-10 workers will be formed to discuss the work on hand.

The engineer is tasked to examine the amount of work needed to be undertaken in a week. A mobile monitoring system will be used to mark attendance if the job includes more than 20 workers.

A district quality monitoring team, comprising a block program officer, will be assigned to oversee whether the works are carried out as per the estimate.

Kudumbashree's Area Development Society (ADS) members who have not passed 10th standard will be directed to write the equivalency examination. Block Program Officer, Kudumbashree and Literacy Mission will help them with this. LSGD has clarified that those who pass the exam will be considered for supervisors of the employment guarantee scheme.

For jobs with 20 to 40 workers, a supervisor will be hired at the wages of a semi-skilled worker. For jobs with 41-60 workers, two supervisors, and for works up to 80 people, three supervisors will be appointed.

Apart from Gram Panchayat Secretary, Block Program Officer and District Program Coordinator can also take action on flaws of the supervisors.

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