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VDBs urged to implement schemes honestly
Correspondent Kohima, JUL 27 (NPN):
Published on 27 Jul. 2010 11:45 PM IST
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A VDB refresher seminar on Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) for Rural Development (RD) blocks of Kohima, Jakhama and Chiephobozou was conducted at Multi-Purpose hall, IG Stadium, Tuesday.
Deputy Commissioner of Kohima, Beiu Angami, who graced the function, encouraged the VDB members to be visionaries and far-sighted in their planning and honest in carrying out government programme, adding “honesty should be the foundation of every programme from the grass root level so that it reaps good fruits”.
He also advocated the need for rain-water harvest system particularly in Northern Angami regions and urged them to extensively plan on building reserve tanks and harvest rain water at the same time urged the gathering to maintain road which he said was essential for development in any state.
Delivering the keynote address, Visasolie Lhoungu, project director of DRDA and DPC, MGNREGA, said the seminar was conducted to get VDBs ready for SIT probe on RD blocks of Kohima, Dimapur and Peren. He stated that blocks should be ready with updated records on programme, employment register, complaint register and other records.
While pointing out some job cards were being entered in the name of the dead or to children below 18 years, were against the guidelines, the project director urged the VDB members to rectify the issues and update a correct record.
He also urged VDBs to encourage adult members of rural households to do unskilled manual work so they can earn their wage rather than depending on machinery.
He added the main aim of the programme was to enhance livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.
Touching upon other important projects, Lhoungu also pointed out on the importance of public vigilance, social audit. He stated that the social audit forum, comprising VDB members, village council leaders, women leaders, etc., audits all programmes and fund usages in the village and publicize the final report to the village.
He said social audit was a strong tool to stop corruption and urged the gathering to exercise the functions properly. He also informed that the programme would be planned on yearly basis under the new name Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA). Therefore, a general meeting of all blocks would be held on October 2 to choke out action plan for the next year. A time of discussion was followed with members of VDB from the three blocks participating. The programme was chaired by P. Koza, BDO, Kohima.

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