Title :-Biometrics, e-attendance to plug NREGA loopholes

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Title :
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Biometrics, e
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attendance to plug NREGA loopholes




THE government is likely to introduce biometrics cards and electronic
attendance systems from next fiscal to plug the leakages in its flagship
employment scheme NREGA, even as it looks to step

up allocation for the
scheme sharply to Rs 45,000 crore.


“We are looking at biometrics job card system from next financial year
for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme that
could even be fitted with global positioning system,” a

government official
familiar with the discussions told ET. States such as Rajasthan have already
experimented with biometrics card system to prevent leakage and the Centre
now is keen to unveil it on all
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India basis. The success of United Progressive
Alli
ance government’s flagship job safety programme, which has won
accolades from the International Labour Organisation for shielding the
country from impact of century’s worst global recession, has been clouded
by reports of leakage of funds due to fake atten
dance.


In some states of North East, it was found that funds were transferred
under the scheme to even doctors and engineers. In Uttar Pradesh, the
leakage is estimated at Rs 850 crore.


Of the total allocation of Rs 39,000 crore in 2009
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10, Rs 24
,775 crore had
been used until January 31, 2009. In fact, the ministry may be able to utilise
only about Rs 35,000 crore in the current financial year. Total allocation to
the scheme may be enhanced to Rs 45,000 crore in 2010
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11.


The Act aims at enhan
cing the livelihood security of people in rural areas
by guaranteeing hundred days of wage
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employment in a financial year to a
rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual
work.


The average wage per person day under the scheme
has gone up to Rs 88
a day in 2009
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10 from Rs 65 a day in 2006
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07. The official explained that
the biometrics system can be introduced over the next financial year and can
be serviced though common service centres in rural areas. “The GPS can
also keep tra
ck of actual implementation of the work,” he added. The system
could also be aligned with the unique identity data base.


Our Bureau NEW DELHI , Dated :
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9 /2/201


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