Bhubaneswar:21/12/17;Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik wrote to Union Minister for Rural Development Shri Narendra Singh Tomar seeking release of due MGNREGA wages amounting to ₹676.57Cr for immediate fund requirements till December 2017. State Government is willing to disburse the wages to workers from its own corpus fund and should therefore be allowed to revert to e-FMS from Ne-FMS.
Key issues raised by Chief Minister in the letter:
• Labour budget for the state is 678.13 lakh person days for ₹2108.51 crores, against which the Central share is ₹1909.60 crores. Including the committed liability of FY 16-17, it amounts to ₹2290.19 cores of which only ₹1613.62 crores have been released till date.
• Fund transfer orders (FTOs) of ₹130.53 crores are pending with Ne-FMS to be credited to accounts of MGNREGA workers
• Due to non-receipt of wages, labourers in drought declared 5958 villages are not willing to take up work under MGNREGS
• State Government ensured all FTOs are generated on time and created a corpus fund of ₹300 crores to meet any eventuality due to non-availability of funds under Ne-FMS.
Chief Minister urged Union Minister’s intervention for quick release of pending amount or allow the state Government to disburse wages to MGNREGA workers from its own corpus fund through e-FMS mode.