NREGS Cell, DCC, Kohima has issued rejoinder with regard to press statement issued by Chiephobozou VDB Union on NREGS in a local daily on July 14.
NREGS Cell, DCC, Kohima on NREGS issue said out of villager’s job cards money sanctioned by Delhi, bulk of the money was devoured by “so-called Convergence (General Works) which includes MLA quota, VIP quota and Officers quota”, etc., in Kohima while adding that not even half of the total amount was used for village development.
Stating that dream and desire of Congress led UPA in creating NREG scheme (NREGA) was based on the agenda-to ensure proper living condition of villagers, the DCC NREGS Cell, said the primary objective of NREGS program was human development, while physical development of the villages which the VDB union embarked on vigorously, was only secondary.
With regard to NREGS, DCC raised few basic questions as to whether the poor villagers receive wage money through implementation of NREGS programs in their villages and are leading a happy, prosperous and comfortable life post-NREGS implementation in Nagaland.
It also asked whether the impoverished villagers can afford to pay their children’s school fees, propensity to buy school books, stationery, shoes and uniform or medicines in time of sickness, etc., out of their NREGS earnings.
A press release issue by NREGS Cell, DCC, Kohima Chairman, Sevotso Seyie and Secretary R. Paphino stated that NREGS basic objective, measuring the success of its implementation by harping on road development, construction of footsteps and drains, RWH tank was secondary and remote in the eye of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005.
Further stating that Nagaland Congress party was mainly concerned about honest and transparent wage money payment to the villagers, the DCC has cautioned DAN government, RD department, VDBs and village councils to improve and rectify the mechanism of NREGS implementation in the villages exclusively for poor job card holders lest they have to bear consequences for mishandling NREGS program funds sanctioned from Delhi in terms of crore.