FROM A CORRESPONDENT
Tura, June 29: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Thursday announced additiol fund of Rs. 1 lakh for every Village Employment Council (VEC) who complete 80% of mandays for their identified projects under MGNREGA.
He also urged upon the VECs to move forward with greater commitment and create sustaible assets in their villages that would benefit generations to come through convergence and innovative approach.
Sangma was addressing at the first ever VECs’ Conference on Innovation and Convergence for the entire Garo hills region here at Dikki-Bandi Stadium, Tura.
Acknowledging the important role played by the VECs in the successful implementation of MGNREGS, the Chief Minister said that the occasion was an opportunity for them to come together and look back on what has been achieved and what more needs to be done for the future.
He termed MGNREGS as the most inclusive programme in the whole world designed to bring socio-economic transformative changes in the villages and called upon the VECs continue issuing job cards to every new family in their village saying that the more job card holders they have the more amount of money they would receive.
He also informed that the government has decided to increase the project magement cost to the VECs from 1 percent to 2 percent with a ceiling of Rs. 20,000.
The Chief Minister also called for release of wages to job card holders on timely basis and said even if there is delay in sanctioning of fund from the centre there is a corpus fund already in place in the state so they can go ahead with their projects, adding that compensatory amount would also be given in case of late payment due to certain reasons.
He said that the state’s VEC model is the best in the country which is linked to traditiol institution and called upon the VECs to strive towards achieving 100 percent mandays generation.
Also releasing the Livestock Mission Document on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the Livestock Mission would be launched in the State shortly to create sustaible livelihood in the rural areas.
During the five year mission, 40 percent of rural households would be provided with livestock farming, including piggery and poultry on convergence mode, he informed, adding that the mission would go a long way in addressing the nutritiol deficiency in the State.
Mukul also felicitated the best and the most innovative VECs from the districts of Garo Hills on the occasion and he along with other dignitaries also released the theme song of MGNREGA, which was later performed to the audience by artistes from Shillong.
He also gave away the certificates of appreciation to the wholesale and fair-price shop dealers of West Garo Hills district to acknowledge their contribution in the successful implementation of tiol Food Security Act.