Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005, MGNREGS Act, 2005, Designated the MPDOs as Programme Officers, MGNREGS for Effective Implementation.
Govt. Order.MS.No.15 has been issued on today onwards by the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Department, government of Telangana State. In this order and as per the the MGNREGS Act, 2005, the Government has designated the MPDOs as Programme Officers, MGNREGS for the effective implementation of the programme and to satisfy the requirements of MGNREGS Act, 2005 and providing an active role for Mandal Parishads and Gram Panchayats
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 provides for the enhancement of livelihood security of the households in rural areas of the country by providing atleast one hundred days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. The Act also guarantees certain rights to the wage seekers and further aims to create durable assets in rural areas.
As per Section 15 of MGNREGS Act, 2005 the State Government shall appoint a person who is not below the rank of Block Development Officer as Programme Officer. Under the above Act, the Programme Officer has to play vital role and discharge several important duties related to delivering the rights of wage seekers guaranteed under various provisions of the Act. In delivering these rights the role of Programme Officer is crucial. Further the MGNREG Act, 2005 also envisages active role for Panchayat Raj Institutions.
In the year 2007, the State Government have designated the Mandal Parishad Development Officers as Programme Officers, EGS for better implementation of the scheme, but at present they are not acting as Programme Officers, MGNREGS.
In this context, the Commissioner, Rural Development in the reference 8th read above brought to the notice of the Government that at present the MGNREGS in the State is being implemented by a set of contractual employees. At the Mandal level Additional Programme Officers are acting as Programme Officers, MGNREGS and below them Engineering Consultants/Junior Engineers, Technical Assistants, Computer Operators and Field Assistants, who are all on contract basis are implementing the Scheme. Approximately an amount of Rs.3000 crores expenditure is being incurred per annum under the MGNREGS Programme. There are many reported instances of mismanagement of the Scheme in all the districts. Therefore there is urgent need to position Government Officers at Mandal level as Programme Officers, MGNREGS as stipulated in the MGNREGS Act, 2005 for better Administrative control and accountability. Further there is a need to entrust the PRI functionaries a greater role and responsibility in MGNREGS for its effective implementtion and for ensuring better supervision and transparency.
Therefore the Government after careful consideration of the proposal of the Commissioner, Rural development hereby designate the MPDOs as Programme Officers, MGNREGS for the effective implementation of the programme and to satisfy the requirements of MGNREGS Act, 2005. Further, it has been decided to strengthen the role of Panchayat Raj institutions in MGNREGS as stipulated in the Act, by entrusting appropriate roles in the implementation of MGNREGS to the functionaries of Mandal Parishads at Mandal level and Gram Panchayat at Village level.
The Mandal Parishad Development Officers as Programme Officers, EGS shall be responsible for total implementation of the MGNREGS and report to PD, DWMA and Additional DPC for the purpose of implementation of MGNREGS.The Panchayat Secretary at GP level is responsible for implementation of the schemeat GP level. The services of staff working in Mandal Parishad and at Gram Panchayat shall also be utilised for effective implementation of the scheme. All the personnel drafted to work under EGS so far shall work under the control of MPDOs and Panchayat Secretaries as the case may be. The important roles and responsibilities of various functionaries in the implementation of MGNNREGS is annexed to this order. The Commissioner, Rural Development shall issue further guidelines on this depending on requirements of the scheme from time to time.