The labourers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in the state will now get their wages without delay with the introduction of the e-FMS (Electronic Fund Management System).
Speaker G Karthikeyan inaugurated the e-FMS, which aims at real time transfer of money to the beneficiaries. Karthikeyan said that e-FMS would help in realising the development of the rural areas by utilising the Central and state funds.
Minister for Rural Development K C Joseph said the new system would ensure more transparency.
He also said that Kerala was implementing the e-FMS in all grama panchayats whereas it was implemented in selected local bodies in other states.
Deputy Speaker N Sakthan, A Sampath MP, MLAs K Muraleedharan and Varkala Kahar, District Collector K N Satheesh and MGNREGS Mission director N Ashok Kumar were present on the occasion. The initiative was taken after noticing undue delay in the distribution of funds.
The beneficiaries would get their payment directly in their bank accounts through the e-FMS scheme.