Naveen writes Centre to release Rs 676.57 crore under MGNREGA

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday wrote to Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar for release of Rs 676.57 crore for payment of wage to workers under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme.

The Chief Minister wrote the letter following immediate requirement of funds drawing his attention to the outstanding dues and timely release of funds under MGNREGA till December 2017.

“In all, Rs 2290.19 crores was supposed to be released by Government of India to the State Government by the end of December, 2017. However, Government of India have released only Rs 1613.62 crores (including pending liability) till date and thus there is shortfall of Rs 676.57 crores,” the letter read.

“In the meanwhile, FTOs of Rs 130.53 crores are pending with Ne-FMS to be credited to the accounts of MGNREGA workers. The State Government has declared 5958 villages under 1097 Gram Panchayats of 70 Blocks in 15 Districts as drought affected. Yet labourers are not evincing interest in availing MGNREGA work due to non-receipt of wages on time, which may cause distress migration. On its part, the State Government has ensured that all FTOs are generated on time without any delay,” the letter further read.

Alternatively, the letter urged Odisha should be allowed to revert to e-FMS system from Ne-FMS to enable the state government to ensure timely payment of wages utilising the corpus as and when required.

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