Union Minister of Rural Development and Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar recently launched National Mobile Monitoring Software (NMMS) app and Area Officer Monitoring App in the presence of senior officials of the Ministry of Rural Development and officials from the state governments through video-conferencing.
The NMMS App permits taking real time attendance of workers at Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) worksites along with geotagged photograph, which will increase citizen oversight of the programme besides potentially enabling processing payments faster. Area Officer Monitoring App facilitates them to record their findings online along with time stamped and geo-coordinate tagged photographs for all the schemes of Department of Rural Development such as MGNREGS, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G) and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). This would also enable not only better record keeping of inspections by field and supervisory officials but also facilitate analysis of the findings for better programme implementation.
The minister lauded the efforts of the ministry in bringing transparency and accountability to the execution of the rural development programmes and said that these two Apps would be big steps towards bringing in transparency and effective monitoring of schemes. He advised the ministry to make the apps multilingual, provide sufficient training and equipment and allow time for its rollout.
Tomar appreciated the efforts of the ministry in making 99 per cent wage payment directly into the bank accounts of MGNREGA workers by way of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) through (National electronic-Fund Management System) NeFMS. This is a big step towards transparency and accountability. He further opined that the successful implementation of Geo-MGNREGA, a provision for geo-tagging of assets, through well-coordinated efforts of all the governments, had helped in refuting the charge of ghost assets being financed through the scheme.
He congratulated the field officials and volunteers like the GRS of MGNREGS, panchayat secretary, and other field functionaries and self-help groups (SHGs), who have kept the flag of the scheme flying high during difficult time. He further exhorted all the states and UTs to ensure adherence of COVID-19 protocol in their work and ensure working together with other wings of the government for winning the battle against Covid and the attendant miseries.
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