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DCC clarifies on NREGS job card holders
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Published on 28 Jun. 2010 12:25 AM IST
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NREGS Cell, District Congress Committee, Kohima has issued rejoinder to village council chairmen and VDB secretaries of Southern Angami villages regarding the issue of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) job card holders.
A press release issued by NREGS Cell, District Congress Committee, Kohima Chairman Sevotso Seyie and secretary R. Paphino reiterated that NREGS program was one mega project exclusively for welfare of the rural villagers wherein Kohima District alone had received a whopping Rs. 94 Crores from 2007-2010.
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme fund was a holistic program designed to improve and stabilize the economic condition of the poor and downtrodden villagers.
Therefore, NREGS money was not the private property of the Village Councils, VDBs, Rural Development Officers & Staff, DAN Government agencies but were only the assigned authorities to implement and execute National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme fund strictly in line with the prescribed provisions under NREGA operational guidelines passed and approved as a Parliament act in 2005 so as to ensure that money goes directly to poor villagers (job card holders), the NREGS Cell stated.
Clarifying to the statement issued by Zapu-o Zhasa and Tsopi Livi on behalf of the Village Council Chairmen and VDB Secretaries of Southern Angami villages which appeared in local dailies on June 24 and 25, the NREGS Cell further stated village council chairmen and VDB Secretaries of Southern Angami villages should know that job cards and household records were purely Nagaland Government records and that District Congress Committee, Kohima NREGS cell had obtained the facts and figures from Rural Development office and Deputy Commissioner’s office, Kohima under Right To Information Act and National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme act.
Therefore, the allegation leveled against National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme cell, District Congress Committee, Kohima that release of facts and figures in the print media were misleading and baseless implied that the information furnished to District Congress Committee, Kohima by Public Information Officer(PIOs) of RD department and DC’s office, Kohima through RTI were misleading and false.
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme Cell further added that irresponsible and untenable statement not only undermined the Parliament act but also amounted to contempt of Court under RTI Act, 2005.
District Congress Committee, Kohima clarifying its stand said it was examining the implementation of NREGS programs in all villages for several months and had already acquainted with its operations down to the village level especially factual position and status of job cards.
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme Cell, DCC, Kohima informed that interested villagers and public could check job card lists in the office of District Congress Committee, Kohima during working hours to ascertain the actual position of job cards of all the villages of Kohima district.

 
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