The performance of the State government under MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) has not been up to the mark. As per reports, only 3,445 households have got 100 days guaranteed employment in the rural areas of Assam.
Sources also informed that 44.31 lakh households applied for employment in the current fiscal under MGNREGA; while only 3,445 households were ultimately provided employment.
Of them, the maximum number of 1146 households was in Lakhimpur district. Nalbari was a distant second with 726 household beneficiaries.
The other districts that showed a dismal picture with respect to MGNREGA are as follows: Biswanath (One household), Jorhat (six households); Charaideo and Dima Hasao (three households each); Sivasagar (three households); while there was no beneficiary in three other districts — Kamrup (M), Goalpara, and Hailakandi.
MGNREGA is one of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development. At the ground level, it is implemented by the gaon panchayats. The involvement of contractors is banned. Labour-intensive tasks like creating infrastructure for water harvesting, drought relief and flood control are preferred. This law proposes to enhance livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.
The job cards are used to send job details to workers out in the field and to get information back about the work done on each job. They can be used to allocate labour and material cost to a specific job. A job card gives details of the time taken to do a piece of work and the materials used in the process.