To increase transparency in the functioning of MNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme),Moga has initiated live tracking of its gram rozgar sewaks (GRS).
Joram Beda,additional deputy commissioner and member secretary of innovation funds committee,who came up with the idea to increase transparency in the implementation of the scheme,said,We came up with this plan because there were many complaints of sewaks missing from duty. Now,with the live tracking system on their mobile phones,we can check from the control room whether they are on duty in the villages.
While every village needs to have one sewak on duty,at present we are working on 1:10 ratio,with one sewak managing around 10 villages,and thus being absent from work,but now with the system in place,the problem will be solved, he added.
He also said that that the programme did not burn a hole in the administrations pockets,as only Rs 1,000 was spent on each phone. Moga has around 47 sewaks,so Rs 47,000 was spent.
Monthly rent for service is very nominal and payable under the district innovation fund, Beda said.
District commissioner and MNREGS programme coordinator Arshdeep Thind,who inaugurated the control room,said that the system would strengthen the scheme in Moga. The state government had honored Beda in September 2012 for his commendable work done in the implementation of MNREGS in Moga.