Regional Meeting On National Rural Employment Guarantee Act

Date: - 19-02-08
Time: - 10.00 AM – 4.00 PM
Venue: -Virat Guest House, Sitapur
Organizer: - UPVAN, AMAN & Sahbhagi Shishan Kendra, Lucknow
No of participants: - 60

UPVAN in collaboration with AMAN and SSK, Sitapur under the NREGA campaign organized a one-day regional workshop at SITAPUR, regarding the proper implementation of the act and formulate some strategy to broadbase the concept of NREGA among the rural and urban masses. The program was designed in two phases as panel discussion where the panel members shared their views on the concerned topics along with the open session where the suggestions of the participants were invited. Shri Sunil Singh, Rahi Foundation, coordinated the entire discussion.

Objectives of the Meeting: -

  • Discussion on the problems faced in the implementation of the act and formulate concrete suggestion for the problem.
  • Discussion on Role of the VOs in social audit and implementation of the act.
  • Discussion on organizing state level public hearing program.
  • Discussion on the role of women under this act.

Mr. Om Kumar Program Associate NREGA, from UPVAN started the workshop with a brief presentation on NREGA campaign and social audit on the following aspects: -

NREGA:

  • Objective of the Act
  • Important features of the act
  • Problems in the implementation of the act
  • Role of VOs in the scheme

Social Audit:

  • Objective of Social Audit
  • Advantages of Social Audit
  • Stages of Social Audit

After the presentation on the related topics Panel Discussion was organized with the following panel members: -

1. Shri Devi Prasad Gupta – State Coordinator, NREGA campaign, UPVAN
2.
Ms. Seema Singh – CARE, Sitapur
3.
Dr. Chandrashekhar, Sahara Welfare Foundation
4.
Mr. M.R.Sharma, Jounalist, Hindustan Times
5.
Mr. Chandradev Trivedi, Media Incharge, UPVAN


Open Session:

During the open session following suggestions were given for the effective implementation of the act so that the benefits of the act could reach to maximum beneficiaries

  • All VOs must make efforts to ensure that through this act females and handicapped should be benefited most so that there livelihood is improved and they could lead a dignified life in the society.
  • The scheme should also target BPL families.
  • Prepare a committee at district, block, panchayat and village level that will work for the needy people facing any sort of problems under this act.
  • Prepare a proper framework to create mass awareness among the masses about the Act.
  • Apart from paying 1000/- Rs as penalty some other provisions should also be made so that further misuse of the act could be stopped.
  • There should be two committee at the panchayat level where one committee could look after the matter of job card distribution and the other committee could look after the quality of the work conducted.
  • To mobilize the local people to fight for their rights. At the village level committee should be formed which will look after the distribution of work and issue of job card by maintaining transparency and should be accountable for their work. Apart from that awareness discussions should be organized along with the Gram Pradhan once in a month.
  • Single person could not fight for their rights effectively hence emphasis should be laid on forming trade unions of these labourers so that they could get a strong platform to fight for their rights.
  • For the effective implementation of the act involvement of print and electronic media both at the district and state level should be ensured.

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