BARIPADA: The tribal dominated district of Mayurbhanj has been adjudged best district for effective implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The award will be presented to the district at a function in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on MGNREGA Diwas on February 2.
Collector Rajesh Pravakar Patil said on Wednesday Mayurbhanj is among the six other districts of the country selected for the award under different categories.
“The district has achieved path-breaking results with respect to need-based planning at the grassroots through special initiative of Gram Sabha and Palli Sabha, effective execution in ensuring social audit through ‘Ama Kama, Ama Grama, Ame Tadarakh Kariaba,’ the innovative way of monitoring and supervision,” he said.
Sources said, the district has provided work to 2.9 lakh people of two lakh households in last couple of years. This year 5,459 projects have been completed where 39,260 households have been provided 100 days work. This could be achieved despite natural disasters. Mayurbhanj was worst affected by cyclone Phailin in October 2013 and floods.
The district has also evolved its own effective procedure of community-based planning, micro-level monitoring and supervision, grievance redressal and effective social audit involving youth clubs.
The Unique Selling Point (USP) has been that the scheme is taken to every rural home and the involvement of Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) functionaries has been lauded.