Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, while congratulating the MGNREGS officials for their fine job, exhorted them to perform better and help achieve the envisaged targets. He also decided to increase wage employment from 100 to 150 days to rural households under the MGNREGS. He is likely to make a formal announcement in this regard in a couple of days.
Rural Development Minister D. Manikya Varaprasada Rao, RD Principal Secretary R. Subramaniam, Finance Secretary Premchandra Reddy, RD Commissioner Sashi Bhushan Kumar, RD Special Commissioner Dr Suvarna, MGNREGS Director Karuna, Special Secretary to CM S.S. Rawat and others attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister expressed happiness over the State occupying first place in the country in the implementation of MGNREGS. MGNREGA has contributed to ensuring a higher intake of food and food availability. In Andhra Pradesh, a study compared the number of meals foregone by households found that this number had reduced significantly as a result of MGNREGA. Those who worked in the program gave up 1.6 fewer meals per week.
According to another survey, the findings for Andhra Pradesh were confirmed by the longitudinal study in Medak district. It was found that around 67 per cent of the households said they use MGNREGA as a source of income when no other work was available. As MGNREGS has been implemented well in Andhra Pradesh, hunger remains a thing of past.
According to a secondary analysis of MGNREGA data from Andhra Pradesh, a study observed that MGNREGA provides income for poor households when they most need it, i.e. when they are hit by adverse weather conditions.
The NREGS in Andhra Pradesh is now demand driven as opposed to ‘supply driven’ scheme. Demand capture module expanded to all mandals in the state. Block concept introduced to take works to completion so that durable assets are created. Planning process is nearing completion for creation of shelf of works. IHHLs: Govt. of India have approved to take up Individual household latrines / Anganwadi / School toilets under total sanitation campaign (TSC). The GoI has released Rs.2,396.06 Crores as 1st Installment so far. The GOAP has released its Matching Share amounting to Rs.360.18 crores. (NSS)