MGNREGS: Kodagu gets ` 4.21 crore

The State government has released Rs 4.21 crore under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), though the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat had sought Rs 10 crore from the State government. The Zilla Panchayat is expecting that the State government will release a sum of Rs 5 crore at the earliest.
It is said that if the Zilla Panchayat utilises atleast 60 per cent of the released amount, then the district may get additional Rs 4 crore to 5 crore.

At the same time, the State government has released a sum of Rs 1.20 crore under Suvarna Gramodaya Scheme. The released amount has already been released to the Zilla Panchayat engineering division to utilise for the development of selected roads and drains and other rural development programmes, said sources in Zilla Panchayat.

Under MGNREGS, a sum of Rs 2281.91 lakh was released during 2010-11 in the district. Of which, about 1942.83 lakh was utilised so far (March 17). According to the available data, as many as 1,453 works have been undertaken in Madikeri taluk, 1,067 in Somwarpet taluk and 1,486 in Virajpet taluk. About 4,006 works are under progress in the district. About 2,778 works have been completed in the district. Of which, 859 in Madikeri, 768 in Somwarpet and 1,151 in Virajpet taluk. In 2010-11, under MGNREGS, a work list of Rs 10790.17 lakh was prepared. The government had okayed the labour budget for Rs 53.41 crore. By February end, 1942.83 lakh was utilised. All the implementation officers have been asked to utilise the funds fully, said an officer.

Last year a sum of Rs 12 crore was utilised during the period.