Guwahati: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal asked the Panchayat & Rural Development Department to fix responsibility on Gaon Panchayat presidents, secretaries and chief executive officers of Zila Parishad for their performance and issue show-cause notice to those who perform poorly in the assessment indices.
The CM directed the department to maintain the utmost transparency and accountability while implementing developmental schemes to usher in good governance and directed to evaluate the gaon panchayats on the basis of their performance and develop a rating system for the GPs. He was reviewing the progress of schemes implemented by the department in a meeting held at its HQ at Panjabari here on Friday.
Calling for strict monitoring of schemes for fair utilization of funds, the Chief Minister directed the department to constitute a cell to monitor public complaints or graft charges that appear in print and electronic media against the rural development schemes.
“The cell would further take feedback from officials against whom allegations have been made to ascertain the veracity and initiate timely action against the erring officials,” Sonowal said. He also pressed for timely completion of schemes and emphasised on the need for the day-today collection of the status report and instructed the department to develop a system for effective monitoring.
He asked the department to constitute a cell to carry out a micro-level study of the markets to explore economic opportunities. He said that such an endeavour would help in establishing better linkages between the market and the produces by the villagers.
The P&RD officials informed that some 48.35 lakh people were provided Job Cards in Assam and out of which around 42.17 % are female workers alone.
“During the coronavirus induced nationwide lockdown, over 11 thousand SHGs produced 68.68 lakh masks and more than 52.22 lakh masks were sold for Rs. 11.87 crore. Besides, more than 79 thousand SHG members earned 8.15 crore by selling vegetables, fruits, milk, egg, poultry meat and fish during the lockdown,” the department officials told the CM.
Besides, during the lockdown, over 4.18 lakh poor families not having National Food Security Act ration cards were provided with Rs. 1000 each. Similarly, under PMAY (G), more than 2.70 lakh houses were constructed since the 2016-17. During 2019-20, the allocation for construction of over 3.65 lakh houses is received for the financial year 2020-21.