Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) has released Rs. 40,480 crore so far in the financial year 2107-18 to the States and Union Territories which is around Rs 4,500 crore higher than the release during the corresponding period of the previous financial year.
As per the financial norms, after 30th September of every year, the States and UTs are required to submit Audited Reports and Utilization Certificates (UC) of previous financial year along with other requisite information in prescribed formats for release of second tranche of funds. To facilitate the submission of proposal for second tranche, the Ministry conducted a special Mid-Term Review with the States and UTs during the period from August 29 to October 13, 2017.
The submission of complete proposal including Audited Reports and UCs is mandatory for ensuring financial discipline. The Ministry has been scrutinising the complete proposals with promptness and has been releasing funds. Immediate action has been taken on proposals submitted so far by Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jammu & Kashmir and proposals have been processed. The Ministry has been constantly engaging with the rest of the States and UTs for submission of proposals without delay.
The current financial year is marked by the highest ever budget allocation of Rs. 48,000 crore. The table below gives a glimpse of the revised estimate at the Centre’s level and the expenditure in the States/UTs over the last 7 years.
Expenditure ( Rs/Cr)
(Including State Share)
* Figures as on 27.10.2017
The Ministry had constituted a committee for revisiting the existing wage rate linked to CPI-AL under the chairmanship of Nagesh Singh, Additional Secretary, MoRD. The committee has submitted a report recommending the indexation of wages to CPI Rural. The recommendations have been sent to the Ministry of Finance for consideration.
The Ministry has been making it clear that there are no preconditions like Aadhaar number linkage to bank account, uploading of photograph on electronic Job card or denial of work to households not possessing toilets, for getting wage employment under the programme. All steps are being taken to ensure that all demands for wage employment are met on the ground.
The Ministry is committed to making adequate funds available for implementation of programme and ensuring timely payment of wages along with greater focus on drought proofing, agricultural & allied activities and diversification of livelihoods.