SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High court on Saturday said that Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA)scheme is not being properly implemented in the state and asked the state government to file response in this regard.
While hearing the PIL on the implementation of MNREGA scheme, the division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directed commissioner secretary Rural development department, J&k Director Rural development,Kashmir,Assistant commissioner Rural development,Anantnag,Block development officer, Srigufwara,Anantnag and Abdul Salaam Tantray, Block president PDP Anantnag to file their response on the implementation of MNREGA Scheme.
“The MNREGA scheme is a central legislation which is for the development of Rural areas and for providing guaranteed jobs to Rural population but same is not being implemented properly,” the court said.
The petition which was filed by Farooq Ahmed Rather of Sirgufwara,Anantnag states that the funds which were allocated for his village under MNREGA scheme are not being properly utilised for developmental works.
The petition reads that,” during 2017-2018 funds were allocated and subsequently around 100 developmental works were identified through Gram Sabha meeting. But the block president of PDP party is interfering in the developmental works and is employing agents of his political party as brokers/contractors/commission agents which is totally prohibited under the said Scheme. In this way, the block president and his agents are earning huge sums of money out said scheme.”
The petition further states,” that the very objective of MNREGA scheme is do away with middle man or agents and it has to be amply used for public good. But unfortunately in the present case, the block president has been dictating his own terms and in this way there is a total abuse of public money. Also the concerned officers have remained mute spectators to this issue.”
Advocate G.Q Bhat who is representing petitioner said, “That in whole state there is poor implementation of schemes be it from central government or state government. In order to safeguard the rights of people we need to have proper mechanism in place which in long run be utilized for public good. But unfortunately whenever there is an implementation of certain scheme, people always find it difficult to get the benefit. It doesn’t reach to those who deserve it and in between it is gobbled up by these middle men.”