SEGC meeting held at Samman Bhawan, CM asks depts to adopt sustainable approaches for schemes

Gangtok, July 10: The Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang chaired a meeting on the 9th of July, of the State Employment Guarantee Council (SEGC) under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA), Rural Development Department (RDD) at Samman Bhawan.  In attendance were the Minister, RDD (Vice Chairperson) Shri Sonam Lama, Chief Secretary, Development […] The post SEGC meeting held at Samman Bhawan, CM asks depts to adopt sustainable approaches for schemes appeared first on The Sikkim Chronicle - Sikkim News.

SEGC meeting held at Samman Bhawan, CM asks depts to adopt sustainable approaches for schemes

Gangtok, July 10: The Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang chaired a meeting on the 9th of July, of the State Employment Guarantee Council (SEGC) under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA), Rural Development Department (RDD) at Samman Bhawan. 

In attendance were the Minister, RDD (Vice Chairperson) Shri Sonam Lama, Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner, ACS Finance, Secretary Forest Environment & Wildlife Management, Secretary Horticulture, Secretary Department of Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare, Secretary Food Security and Agriculture, Economic Advisor to the Government, Shri C.L Denzongpa, Mr B.B Rai (expert in Social Audit), Mr Sonam Bhutia(expert in water conservation), Zilla Adhayshyas, Mr Tenzing Dorjee Gyaltsen Bhutia(representative of ST), Mr Upen Shilal(representatives of SC), Mr Purna Kumar Subba(representatives of OBC), Secretary RDD(Convener), heads of line departments and officials.

Photo Source: Prem Singh Tamang Golay, Facebook

Principal Secretary RDD briefly presented the outline of the scheme and the way forward. He presented proposals regarding the increase in the unskilled wage rate, expanding the scheme in convergence with the forest department, horticulture and animal husbandry department, etc., the appointment of Ombudsman, state quality level monitor, the appointment of more women mates, increasing technical manpower, etc.

All the proposals were deliberated upon and the members put forth their suggestions to enable the people to reap the benefits.

In the CM’s address, he stated that several people have gained employment through this scheme even during the lockdown phase where certain works were carried out strictly following the COVID-19 protocols. 

“The scheme has had a huge impact in the livelihood of the people in the rural area and we need to look to implement it in a broader spectrum. The departments should adopt sustainable approaches enabling us to carry out the work and also protect our environment and surrounding”, said the CM.

He advised the concerned department to keep a record of the data to avoid duplicity or misuse of this scheme. 

The possibility of increasing the wage rate should be explored, nodal officers in the rank of Joint Secretary and above to be appointed in each department to ensure proper co-ordination of those schemes in convergence, the constitution of a state-level committee for better coordination and monitoring, the appointment of Ombudsman at the district level, etc. 

The CM stressed on the need to implement projects which are suitable and feasible for a particular area and everyone should be result-oriented for which teamwork and coordination with the various Line Departments is essential since many works are implemented through convergence. He added that the concerned department should get the discussed proposals approved by the Government at the earliest.

The ADC (Development) was directed to identify barren lands and ensure that they are utilized for various economical purposes. Departments were asked to focus on rainwater harvesting and expand convergence with other departments. 

Additionally, he informed that the SEGC (MGNREGA) meeting will be held regularly every year and would like the concerned departments to submit a yearly report to keep track of the developments and progress of the work.

Via the CM’s official Facebook handle

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