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   National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS)

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act aims at enhancing the livelihood security of people in rural areas by providing guarantee regarding hundred days of wage-employment in a financial year to a rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.

 Nature of schemes taken by the district :~
  1. Rural Connectivity
  2. Flood Control
  3. Land Development
  4. Water Conservation & Water Harvesting
  5. Renovation of Traditional Water Bodies
  6. Bharat Nirman Rajeev Gandhi Sewa Kendra
  7. Irrigation Canel
  8. Works on Individual Category
  9. Rural Sanitation
10. Drough Proofing
11. Fisheries
12. Rural Drinking Water
13. Anganwadi
14. Play Ground

    New Initiatives :~

  • In 2014-15 MoRD has introduced the concept of IPPE (Intensive Participatory Planning Exercise) for the most backward blocks in the country. For Coochbehar district five block viz. Mathabhanga-I, Sitalkuchi, Sitai, Mekhliganj & Haldibari have been selected for IPPE. The planning process for formulation of Labour Budget of 2015-16 has been completed and same has been uploaded in the website.

  • MoRD has also introduced the system of e-FMS (Electronic Fund Management System) whereby the wage payments of workers are credited directly in to their accounts from the central server. This reduces the delay in payments as well as cuts out the middleman.

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Performance of 2014-2015 (till January, 2015)
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Persondays Generated  : 60,25,233
Female persondays generated :   33,04,937
Jobcard holding families :   6,25,246
Families demanded & received job :   2,20,684
Average persondays per family : 27.30
Female participation ratio : 55%
Average wage per personday : 169/-
Wage proportion to total expenditure : 87%
Jobcard holder with Bank/P.O. A/c. : 95%
Utilisation of fund : 94%
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Comparison w.r.t. January, 2014 vs January, 2015
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Item Situation in
January 2014
Situation in
January 2015
Total Expenditure (in ) 62,07,13,000 130,69,94,000
Wage Expenditure (in ) 47,83,66,000 112,98,35,000
Persondays Generated 38,45,814 60,25,233
Female Participation 12,80,472 33,04,937
Families covered under Scheme 2,10,675 2,20,684
Persondays generated per family 18.25 27.30
Average wage earned per day (in ) 151.00 169.00
Proportion of wage : Material 77 : 23 87 : 13

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National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS)
Financial
Year
Fund
Received
Wage
Expenditure
Material
Expenditure
Administrative
Expenditure
Total
Expenditure
Persondays
Generated
2007-2008  67,04,97,000 45,75,00,000 10,75,21,900 17,65,916 56,67,87,816 63,54,167
2008-2009  85,08,27,000 28,19,46,161 31,58,71,460 1,44,43,792 61,22,61,413 37,59,282
2009-2010 85,55,55,000 61,73,58,666 27,21,91,791 2,96,95,136 91,92,50,993 65,05,314
2010-2011  69,22,22,000 48,26,33,263 24,87,65,152 4,20,77,062 77,34,75,477 45,29,309
2011-2012  86,00,00,000 58,29,44,992 25,18,89,770 4,26,41,826 87,74,78,653 43,98,959
2012-2013  81,92,00,000 57,79,20,580 26,22,48,648 4,92,74,030 88,94,43,259 41,32,967
2013-2014 126,00,00,000  96,73,79,323 21,91,72,121 5,17,29,598 122,82,81,042 1,04,81,484
2014-2015
(till 20/01/2015)
 87,05,72,991 112,98,35,000 14,25,37,000 3,46,21,000 130,69,94,000 60,25,233
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Gravel Road at Barasakdal Gram Panchayat
Irrigitation Canal at Patlakhawa Gram Panchayat
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Activities under Rural Connectivity Scheme
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Women workers at work in Pachagarh Gram Panchayat
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Villagers participating at the Gram Rozgar Diwas


  Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojna (SGSY)
  • Name of the Scheme : SGSY
  • Total Allocation for 2010-2011 : 1162.04 lakh
  • Total Fund Available : 14.46 lakh
  • Total Expenditure :
    • Revolving Fund to SHGs : 0.00
    • Subsidy to SHGs : 13.66 lakh
    • Training Fund : 0.25 lakh
    • Infrastructure Development Assistance : 0.09 lakh
  • Percentage of Expenditure : 96.82%
  • Total SHG formed : 15553
  • Total SHGs 1st Graded : 13184
  • Total SHGs 2nd Grade : 3925
  • Total SHGs linked with Bank Financing Project : 13
  • Total nos. of SHGs member trained (2010-2011) : 220
  • Total new Model Cluster formed : 114
  • Total A Graded Cluster at Cooch Behar : 68
  • Total B Graded Cluster at Cooch Behar : 24
  • Total C Graded Cluster at Cooch Behar : 6
  • Total nos. of DRPs in Cooch Behar : 24
  • Total nos. of GPRP in 128 GPs : 255
  • Total nos. of Infrastructure given to A Grade Cluster since inception : 45
  • Main Activities of SHGs in Cooch Behar : ARD based, Agril based, Bamboo-Jute-Shola Crafts etc.
 Status Report of Physical & Financial Achievement under SGSY of Cooch Behar DRDC, CZP
Sl.no. Block Name PHYSICAL ACHIEVEMENT
(since inception upto June, 2010)
 FINANCIAL EXPENDITURE
For the Year 2010-2011
 Total
Expenditure

(Rs. in lakh)
SHG
formed
1st
Graded
2nd
Graded
RF
Linked
Project
Linked
Subsidy Revolving
Fund
Infrast
ructure
Training
BOP* Skill
1. COB-I 1680 1632 554 1343 165 0.64 0 0.06 0.05 0 0.75
2. COB-II 1254 1210 245 971 75 0 0 0 0.05 0 0.05
3. DIN-I 1751 1391 512 1092 160 0 0 0.03 0.05 0 0.08
4. DIN-II 1182 1062 401 903 290 0 0 0 0 0 0
5. HLDB 661 482 74 454 67 0 0 0 0 0 0
6. MKJ 1293 914 133 809 54 0 0 0 0 0 0
7. MTB-I 1162 1040 372 771 129 0 0 0 0.05 0 0.05
8. MTB-II 1303 1194 507 924 225 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Sitai 1201 1072 449 745 300 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. SLK 1242 957 93 872 36 7.42 0 0 0 0 7.42
11. TFG-I 1467 1234 314 998 182 0 0 0 0.05 0 0.05
12. TFG-II 1357 996 271 867 91 5.60 0 0 0 0 5.60
Total : 15553 13184 2925 10749 1774 13.66 0 0.09 0.25 0 14.00



  Rural Housing

       As per RHS data base published (revised) in the year 2009 the total no of shelter less families in the district stands at 35,233 this accounts of 689544 of the total house hold in the district. In additions to these absolutely shelter less families, we have been able to identity as many as 2,40,562 house hold where the dwelling units are one room thatched kutcha structure and may also be presumed as shelter less families. Hence, the total housing requirement for the shelter less families in Cooch Behar district in 2,75,795 units. This however reflects the total no of homeless families belonging to BPL category of rural housing.

       At present, the important Rural Housing Schemes being implemented in Cooch Behar district are the (I) Indira Awaas Yojana, (II) Ashray and (III) Housing for E.W.S (Amar Bari).

  IAY - Indira Awaas Yojana  

      
The Indira Awaas Yojana is the in the most prominent and popular among the Rural Housing Schemes. IAY is a Govt of India schemes in the Bharat Nirman Programme. The scheme in where providing grant to the selected beneficiaries at the rate of Rs 35000/- (Revised Rs 45,000) to enable him to construct a dwelling unit of his choice by himself. The grant is given in two equal installments, the 2nd installment being given only an satisfactory utilization of the 1st installment for constructing the dwelling unit by the concerned beneficiary.

       The scheme is being implemented by the P&RD Deptt where the funding shared by the Govt of India and the State Govt in the ratio 75:25.

       Funds are placed at the end of ZP in the district which then sub allots the funds to the GP/PS on the basis of yearly target fixed by the P&RD dept. The grants are paid to the ultimate beneficiaries through A/c payee cheques. The selection of beneficiary for IAY benefits are based on identified list of beneficiary, as PWL for each G.P.

       Based on the new system of selection of beneficiaries and amount of grant thereof the district has been able to provide IAY houses to as many as 38,236 nos of beneficiaries so far.

       Following table shows the no of IAY houses sanctioned during the last four year 2007-08 to 2010-11 :


The availability of IAY fund for any district however depends on the place and amount of IAY fund utilised by the district.

Following Table shows the Financial Progress of IAY during last three years :
Financial
Year
Fund
as received
InterestTotal Fund
available
Expenditure% of
Expenditure
Balance
2006-07 -----168.63
2007-08 1996.387.232172.251168.7853.801003.47
2008-09 2642.5030.713676.682813.9476.54862.74
2009-10 5535.429.686407.845833.0691.03574.78
2010-11
(till 07/07/2010)
1274.318.651857.73767.5741.32989.01


Following Table shows Category-wise Coverage of IAY houses sanctioned during last three years :
YearTotal Houses
Sanctioned
SCSTMinorityOthers
2007-08769746923711721796
2008-0977844932349711847
2009-10227561406016134535082

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  ASHRAY  


      
Ashray is a housing scheme of Govt of West Bengal in the dept of P&RD to provide houses to the poor/economically weaker section in rural areas. The basic objective of Ashray is primarily to help construction of houses in rural areas by providing them a lump sum financial assistance. The entire fund under the scheme is provided by Govt of West Bengal.

       The target group for houses under Ashray are deserted and destitute women/men, widow with no major son, victim of trafficking, physically, and mentally challenged person, old and infirm persons who have their own land for construction of houses. Hence the beneficiary may or may not be in the existing BPL list but eligible to be included in the BPL list.

       During the year 2009-10, the district gave priority to beneficiaries who became homeless due to construction of PMGSY scheme or other development scheme by PRIS.

       Moreover, beneficiaries who became have less due to natural calamity by cyclone, floods etc where also selected on priority basis.

       For the year 2009-10, the total target of Ashray unit for Cooch Behar district was 767 units at the rate of 5 units per GP and including 127 units as separate quota for Zilla Parishad’s own selection.

       So far we have been able to select 669 Ashray beneficiaries against the target of 767. The rest are under progress of selection.

       Following Table shows the up-to-date Progress of Ashray Scheme as on July, 2010 :

 Sl.no. Blocks of
Cooch Behar District
No. of Beneficiaries belonging to
SC ST OBC Minority
Community
Others Total
1. Cooch Behar- I 40 0 6 19 10 75
2. Cooch Behar- II 28 0 4 5 23 60
3. Dinhata- I 27 0 4 8 11 50
4. Dinhata- II 36 1 11 9 3 60
5. Haldibari 0 0 0 0 30 30
6. Mathabhanga-I 37 0 2 3 8 50
7. Mathabhanga- II 39 0 0 8 3 50
8. Mekhliganj 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Sitai 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Sitalkuchi 18 0 5 11 6 40
11. Tufanganj- I 35 0 6 17 12 70
12. Tufanganj-II 32 2 4 3 14 55
13. ZILLA PARISHAD 74 1 0 33 21 129
Total : 366 4 42 116 141 669


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  Amar Bari  

       This is yet another housing scheme of Govt. of West Bengal for new construction of houses as well as up gradation/repair of existing dwelling houses throughout the State of West Bengal for Economically weaker Sections of People (EWS) who have no pucca house of his/her own. The beneficiaries are selected preferably from BPL group of people in rural as well as non-municipal semi urban areas. Priority are given to poor people in erosion/flood/disaster prone areas and people affected by Govt. projects.

       The Amar Bari makes provision for the scheme of pucca dwelling units for the beneficiaries having carpet area of around 25 sq. km. The cost of such dwelling unit for new construction varies between 197000/- to 116000/- depending upon the nature of areas and type of land and demography etc.

       Among the various departments and agencies selected as the implementing departments the Backward Class Welfare Department has taken the initiative to implement this scheme in Cooch Behar District from the year 2009-10.

       Selection of beneficiaries is being done by the SDOs in consultation with Executive Officer of Panchayat Samities on the basis of quota/target fixed and communicated by the BCW Deptt. to the concerned Panchayat Samities.

       Following Table shows the progress of Amar Bari scheme in Cooch Behar District during the year 2009-10 :

Sl.no. Blocks of
Cooch Behar District
Target no. of Units Sanctioned Total Target Total Idendified Beneficiaries
SC ST OBC
1. Cooch Behar- I 94 1 63 158 158
2. Cooch Behar- II 111 2 65 178 177
3. Dinhata- I 91 1 56 148 188
4. Dinhata- II 75 1 45 121 93
5. Haldibari 47 0 21 68 68
6. Mathabhanga-I 104 0 41 145 145
7. Mathabhanga- II 105 2 43 150 192
8. Mekhliganj 78 1 29 108 95
9. Sitai 53 0 21 74 38
10. Sitalkuchi 73 0 36 109 108
11. Tufanganj- I 83 0 49 141 132
12. Tufanganj-II 69 3 37 109 107
Total : 983 11 506 1500 1501




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