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Tripathi deadline for rural job works

Bokaro, June 26: State rural development and panchayati raj minister K.N. Tripathi today asked Bokaro district officials to wrap up all ongoing works under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) before monsoon strikes in full force in a bid to check malpractices.

The minister, who is on a round of 13 districts to review status of projects undertaken by his departments, issued a deadline, saying that all projects ought to be completed within 15 days.

“Once it starts raining heavily, chances of malpractices in digging of wells and ponds under MGNREGS will increase. This is because that though works will remain unfinished, wrong facts will be submitted to the authorities to show that they have been completed. Hence, I have asked the officials to ensure that all works are completed within a fortnight and submit actual measurements of ponds and wells dug up under the rural job scheme,” Tripathi said at a news conference after a meeting with Bokaro deputy commissioner U.S. Singh and other district officials.

Patting Bokaro for performing far better in implementing the rural job scheme in comparison to laggard districts like Godda, Khunti and a few others, the minister urged the deputy commissioner to curb corrupt practices.

Tripathi further said that the cash-starved Bokaro district board had been asked to open two malls to improve its financial condition.

While one of the proposed malls is likely to come up in Bokaro, the other will open in Petarwar for which a private company has already submitted a proposal. Officials are now evaluating its feasibility.

Advocating decentralisation of power at the grassroots level, the minister said that responsibilities would be delegated to the panchayat bodies very soon.

“We are in the final stage of working out modalities of handing over power to rural representatives. It will be done within a few weeks,” he promised.