Shimla: To plug leakages and have real time information about works being carried out under MNREGA, the state government is keen to integrate the scheme across the state by engaging professional information technology services for the purpose.
After seeing a presentation by Glodyne, an IT company chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Wednesday said that the government would explore possibilities of requisitioning the services of Information Technology professionals to regulate MGNREGA scheme.
The scheme which provides 100 days mandatory jobs to those who applied for job cards was being executed by rural development department and was being regulated manually for preparation of muster rolls and disbursing wages in cash, said Dhumal
Possibilities would be explored to install a computerized net working system through which the muster roll would be captured through a bio-metric device and transferred to the main net work and after every 15 days of work, assessment would be monitored and it would be ensured that wages were disbursed to the workers through bank accounts.
He said that the integrated software for MGNREGA comprehensive data management would ensure daily reporting of attendance through a bio-metric device ruling out any scope for impersonation, timely assessment and wages every fortnightly.
He said that global information system based data of all works executed under the scheme and complaint management system would also be generated.
The chief minister asked the rural development department to explore possibility of adopting the system under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode on Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis by ensuring that the interests of the people were well protected.
He also asked for integrating other important schemes like watershed management, ration card data base, National Rural Health Management and Panchayati Raj data base so that the system cost was minimized and integrated system benefited the common man.
The proposed system was likely to generate employment to large number of IT qualified youth in the rural areas as well as plug pilferage’s, said Dhumal.
Besides the top management of Glodyne, those present on the occasion included principal secretary secretary rural development RD Dhiman and director rural development RN Batta.
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