11th Meeting of Central Employment Guarantee Council on Monday
The Ministry of Rural Development has convened a meeting of Central Employment Guarantee Council (CEGC) on Monday, February 22 at Unnati, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi to discuss the effective implementation of Mahatma Gandhi NREGA and its convergence with other social sector schemes under the Bharat Nirman. The meeting under the chairmanship of Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Dr. C.P. Joshi will take stock of the progress made under the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA.
This will be the third meeting of the Newly constituted Central Employment Guarantee Council since the UPA Government returned to power in 2009. The 9th and 10th meeting of the council was held on August 19 and October 7, 2009 respectively where the members discussed at length issues related to the administrative and technical capacity building under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. The Council is headed by the Union Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Minister and has Shri Sandeep Dixit, Shri Nana Alias Ramesh Pandurang Gawande, Shri Madhu Sudan Mistri, Shri Narayan Singh Amlabe, Shri Bhakta Charn Das, Shri Jean Dreze, Shri M. I. Shanavas, Prof. Ashwani Kumar, Shri Sanjay Dixit, Ms. Aruna Roy, Shri Rangu Rao and Shri K.S. Gopal among others as the members.
Mahatma Gandhi NREGA provides for a Central Employment Guarantee Council at the national level with the representatives from the Central Government, the State Governments, Panchayati Raj Institutions , organizations of workers and disadvantaged groups with the representatives from women and members of Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, the Other Backward Castes and Minorities. The Council is mandated to perform the following functions and duties (a) establish a central evaluation and monitoring system; (b) advise the Central Government on all matters concerning the implementation of this Act; (c) review the monitoring and redressal mechanism from time to time and recommend improvements required; (d) promote the widest possible dissemination of information about the Schemes made under this Act; (e) monitoring the implementation of this Act; (f) preparation of annual reports to be laid before Parliament by the Central Government on the implementation of this Act; (g) any other duty or function as may be assigned to it by the Central Government. In addition it is authorized to have the power to undertake evaluation of the various Schemes made under this Act and for that purpose collect or cause to be collected statistics pertaining to the rural economy and the implementation of the Schemes.