Hyderabad: The Chief Minister Mr. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy is of the view that the inclusion of Rural Connectivity as one of the permissible categories of works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) will be a boon for rural development in the State. Providing connectivity to SC, ST and other remote habitations including providing internal roads in the SC/ST habitations are approved for implementation, an official release said here today.
The Chief Minister was informed by officials that the latest decision by the State Government on NREGA will benefit 1,500 SC/ST habitations spread over 22 districts in the State.
The Chief Minister hoped that the construction of concrete drains in the low lying SC-ST Colonies will improve the overall hygienic conditions of the area. The Rural Connectivity is now one of the permissible categories of works under MGNREGA. Many of the SC/ST colonies are in the most disadvantageous locations where poor sanitation is prevailing and are prone to diseases like malaria. The Chief Minister is of the view that the decision is to create durable assets in SC/ST localities by providing hygienic conditions and clean sanitation so that diseases like Malaria, Cholera, Diarrohea are prevented. The District Collectors in the State can now accord administrative sanctions for creation of permanent concrete internal roads including pucca drains in selected SC/ST localities not exceeding five each in erstwhile block subject to wage:material ratio under MGNREG Act.
There have been requests from many Grama Panchayats to enable them to implement all-weather rural connectivity to SC/ST localities by allowing convergence with the other developmental programmes like Assembly Constituency Development Programme (ACDP).
The Commissioner, Rural Development therefore requested to approve such a convergence in order to create durable asset in the most disadvantaged habitations.
The Chief Minister hoped that the Grama Sabhas having predominantly SC/ST populations can consider adopting the internal roads project in these localities within the overall labour budget provided to the Grama Panchayat and after following prioritisation laid down under the Act.
Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy desired that for the selected localities, the funds for the cement carpeting of the roads shall be fully tied up at the beginning, from the existing schemes such as – MPLADS, CDP (MLA LAD), ZPGF, MPGF, GPGF and any other Govt. programme – duly following all the guidelines issued for implementation of those schemes. After ensuring tie-up of funds for cement carpeting of the roads, shall the work on internal roads under MGNREGS could be commenced.(NSS)