Govt. allows convergence of MPLADS with MGNREGA projects

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New Delhi, January 23, 2012

The Government has decided to allow convergence of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) with projects under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) for creating more durable assets.
An official press release said here today that Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation Srikant Kumar Jena had taken this decision following several representations received in this regard.
The two schemes can now be converged with the objective of creating more durable assets the release said. 
"MPs may recommend under MPLADS, works from out of the shelf of MGNREGA projects approved by the Zilla Panchayat for the year when recommendation is being made, and should have been sanctioned by the District Programme Coordinator which constitutes the approved Annual Work Plan under MGNREGA of the district.  As far as possible, the MPLADS Funds shall be used in respect of material component only," it said.
Once a work is recommended for MGNREGA, MPs will not be authorized to withdraw the same.  In case of request of withdrawal of MPLADS Funds, NOC from MGNREGA would be required. 
"The guidelines of MGNREGA including all non-negotiables, such as, no contractors, no use of machinery, social audit, etc. shall be strictly followed.  The Gram Panchayat shall be nominated as the Implementing Agency by the District Planning Committee (DPC) for the convergence works under MPLADS.  The DPC shall provide adequate technical support to the Gram Panchayat to implement the works.  Since the material and labour components are expected to flow simultaneously, it will not be necessary in these convergence cases for MPLADS Funds to be used only at the end," it said.
"The accounts of Expenditure will be strictly maintained separately for both MPLADS and MGNREGA. A joint plaque (stone/metal) indicating the cost involved, contribution from MPLADS/ MGNREGA, commencement, completion and inauguration and the name of the MP sponsoring the work under MPLAD Scheme/MGNREGA should be permanently erected," the release added.