How many minorities or schedule caste (SC) or schedule tribe (ST) people got benefitted under the MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) ?
This is not a question of any competitive exam, but an exercise by the state government to determine the caste and religion of rural people employed in the Central government’s ambitious MNREGA scheme state-wide.
Under its five-point programme the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department is collecting the caste and religion-based information. The status of below poverty line (BPL), minority, SCs, STs, OBCs and health schemes is being sought from the scheme officers to update the record online.
They have also been asked to tell whether the beneficiaries have Aadhar cards or not. When contacted, a senior officer of the department said that caste and religion information is part of routine up-dating work.
“The information has been sought for the up gradation of management information system (MIS). This exercise is taking place in all panchayats. We have also sought information from the officers engaged in the scheme,” he said.
Additional chief secretary (ACS) CS Rajan recently issued directions to start the exercise. The circular asks the scheme officers to collect update record while providing the rural people information related the unemployment allowance, job card number, properties and cash books etc.
Sources said the government has initiated exercise to draft a report highlighting ratio of beneficiaries availing the employment under the scheme. Needless to say that the report could be a part of planning for upcoming Assembly elections stating how much government did for the particular caste or community.