A total of 5,30,147 workers who are enrolled under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in the district will soon receive their wages though online system as their wages will be directly deposited in their respective bank account under the Electronic Fund Management System (e-FMS).
The e-FMS mechanism would do away with the unnecessary delay in payment to the workers and help them get wages in time, said the officials of the DRDA, which is implementing the scheme.
They pointed out that individual bank accounts have been created for 3,45,070 workers of the scheme in 481 panchayats, out of the 5,30,147 workers in the district. Of the 3,45,070 bank accounts, as many as 3,27,899 accounts have been activated under the e-FMS system. “From next month, the wages will be credited to each individual account opened in 83 branches of 13 nationalised banks in the district. Indian Bank is the nodal agency of the online fund transfer system in Vellore district,” the Project Officer of DRDA N Srinivasan told Express. By February-end, the department would create accounts for all NREGA workers in branches of banks, including SBI, IOB and Central Bank of India. Under the e-transfer system, the district body would send the wage details and account number to the Directorate of the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj in Chennai. The officials in the directorate would send the fund to the individual account through the banks.
The department has transferred the wages for 20 workers in Venkatapuram panchayat in Vellore block for the work carried out between January 9 and 15 this year. “The wage of `5,700 has been transferred to 20 workers’ account. Similarly, the wages of other NREGEA workers would be deposited in their respective accounts,” said Assistant Project Officer (Wage Employment) of DRDA C Sushila.
Under the project, the banks would employ business correspondents for panchayats which have a population of over 2,000. The workers can withdraw their wages at their workplace or from their home when the business correspondents visit the village.