SEGC passes Labour Budget for Financial Year 2022-23 under MGNREGA

The State Employment Guarantee Council (SEGC) under MGNREGA approved the Labour Budget for the Financial Year 2022-23 on Tuesday, totaling 265.73 lakh person-days. Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Bamang Felix presided over a SEGC meeting that approved the budget. Secretary (RD) Amarnath Talwade, Secretary (Agri) Bidol Tayeng, RD Director Kego Jilen, and Zilla Parishad Chairpersons from all 25 districts attended the meeting.

After convening the GPDP and Gram Sabhas, and after it was posted in the MIS, the Labour Budget for the financial year 2022-2023 was generated, totaling 265.73 lakhs person-days. The convergence of the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA with the Border Road Organization (BRO), as per the Government of India's advise, was agreed at the conference, as was the formation of an Ombudsman for all districts.

In terms of NREGA and BRO convergence, the Council was advised that the work done by BRO in border regions must be in accordance with the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA. The only wage, of Rs 212 per day, would be covered by the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA fund, while the rest materials and other costs will be covered by the BRO.

In terms of the Ombudsman, the Council has decided to appoint an Ombudsman for all districts as soon as possible. Minister Felix voiced his discontent with the average number of days of employment supplied under the MGNREGA in the financial year 2021-22, which is 47.09 percent, in his address to the Council.

The minister urged the members of the Council present to strive for 100 percent employment under the MGNREGA during the Financial Year 2022-23, emphasising the necessity of making rural Arunachal Pradesh self-sufficient for a developed state. Minister Felix advised that the Council focus on channelling rural people towards agri-horti and associated activities, pointing out that the Rural Growth and Panchayati Raj ministries may play a critical role in the state's development because they cover the bulk of the population. He also recommended that spending on agri-horticulture and related activities be boosted from 47.53 percent to at least 60 percent.

In his key-note address, Secretary (RD) Amarnath Talwade invited the Council members present to express their thoughts and ideas during the meeting, since the next financial year's Plan of Action will be written up during this meeting. He also worked on teaching the rural people in order to build a work culture and approach to development.

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