New measure to benefit 20 lakh workers in JK
JAMMU: To bring transparency in the functioning of Rural Development Department (RDD) and disbursing wages to the beneficiaries under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice, Abdul Haq Khan launched Electronic Fund Management System (e-FMS) here on Friday.
According to an official press note, the minister transferred Rs 1.5 crore online as payment to 10,000 beneficiaries under MGNREGA. Commissioner Secretary RDD Nirmal Sharma, Director RDD Jammu R K Bhat, Director Rural Sanitation Jammu Nisar, Additional Secretary to Government RDD Rakesh K Badyal senior officers of the department were present on the occasion.
The minister was apprised that the new system of e-FMS functions through digital signature and once the concerned officer signs it electronically, it will go to the master account of the nodal bank from where the wages will be credited directly to the account of the worker immediately, the press note read. Terming the launch of e-FMS as a revolutionary step, the minister said that with this move, the beneficiaries now need not to move to the offices for payment and department would directly transfer wages to their already linked bank accounts.
“This step will not only ease out the whole process of disbursing payment to the beneficiaries but also remove the hurdles and makes it paperless besides eliminating delays in wage payment”, said the minister adding that today we can say that the objective behind implementing MGNERGA is fulfilled as the beneficiaries will get their payment within 15 days benefitting about 20 lakh MGNREGA workers of the state.
“Thousands of families in our state are dependent on MGNREGA to meet their daily needs and often delay in payments badly affects them, and now with e-FMS it would be ensured that they get their wage payments in real time”, Haq Khan said.
He added that the measure would usher in much needed transparency and funds would reach to the real beneficiaries on ground.
“It is a digital era, everything should be available to the public in just one click”, said the minister.
Speaking to the officers, the minister said that it is our responsibility that funds provided by the centre and state government under various welfare and other schemes directly go to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
He exhorted upon them to work for the betterment of the people associated with the department under various schemes and programmes.
Haq Khan said, “We have successfully implemented MGNREGA in the state but now focus needs to be laid on rural sanitation which requires due attention and concerted efforts. He said that to achieve the targets under rural Swachh Bharat mission (SBM) and Rural Sanitation, everyone in the department needed to contribute in a proactive manner so that every scheme reached the people.
“The whole state of J&K will soon become Open Defection Free (ODF) with the continuing efforts of the department making our state one of the model states,” hope the minister. A large number of MGNREGA beneficiaries present on the occasion were briefed about e-FMS, the new system of disbursing payments directly to their bank accounts, the press note added.