Resume MGNREGA works to kick-start rural economy: Advisor Baseer to DCs

Pregnant ladies to be checked for COVID-19
*Centre grants addl quota of 75,000 houses for SECC enlisted people
Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Apr 22: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed for the early resumption of various works to be carried out under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) to kick-start the rural economy, besides providing monetary relief to scores of daily wage workers.
The Advisor issued these directions during a meeting held with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K Pole, Secretary Rural Development Department Sheetal Nanda and Deputy Commissioners of J&K here through video conferencing.
During the meeting, Advisor Khan said that purpose of starting these works is to provide a monetary relief to scores of daily wage workers whose livelihood entirely depends on the income generated through MGNREGA.
The Advisor directed the officials that all the works shall be carried out while strictly following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) especially maintaining social distance and hand-sanitization.
Advisor Khan said that as notified earlier the selective works which include irrigation and water conservation projects would be taken up in the initial phase.
During the meeting, the DCs were directed to instruct the Chief Medical Officers (CMO) in their respective districts to constitute various teams for random sampling and check-up of the laborers in their districts. The teams would check if the laborers are fit to work and are free from COVID-19 infection, he said.
The Directors of Rural Development Department (RDD) Kashmir and Jammu were instructed to monitor all the MGNREGA works and submit the progress report of works accordingly to the Secretary RDD after 15- days. Besides, the Directors will also ensure that that there is no delay in the release of wages of daily-wage laborers, besides disbursement of other payments shall also be done as per prescribed mode.
The Advisor informed the meeting that with regard to Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojana (PMAY)G, he had a meeting with the Union Minister recently after which the Union Territory of J&K was granted an additional quota of 75,000 houses for the people enlisted in Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC). He said the allotment is in addition to already allotted number of 90,000. He directed the DCs to get Assistant Commissioners Development (ACD) to collect the latest information regarding the beneficiaries at an earliest so that the same could be forwarded to Union Government.
The Advisor warned of taking strict action against the officials found slow in submitting the list.
Meanwhile, Baseer Khan directed that pregnant ladies should be checked for COVID-19 infection before referring them to maternity hospital Led Ded here.
He issued these directions during a meeting held with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K Pole, Deputy Commissioners of J&K, Director SKIMS Prof.  AG Ahangar and Principal GMC Srinagar Dr Samia Rashid here through video conferencing.
The Advisor said that ASHA workers should prepare a list of pregnant ladies in their areas and check if they have any symptom of COVID-19 infection before referring them to the Valley’s premier maternity hospital.
He added that if the lady is found with any kind of symptoms for the infection, the ASHA worker should immediately report it to concerned so that the pregnant lady, instead of Led Ded hospital, could be referred to JLNM hospital or Government Medical College.
The Advisor said that sending pregnant ladies to Led Ded hospital without following due precaution may lead to a bigger problem.
During the meeting, Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir informed that door-to-door health check clinics have been established to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the red zone areas of Gund Jahangir and Hajin in Bandipora district.
He informed the meeting that contact tracing of all 324 COVID-19 positive cases has been done for which 60 teams were constituted.
The Advisor directed all the officials present in the meeting to make sure that no gatherings at mosques are allowed during Ramadhan. He said all efforts be made to make people understand to follow the advisories so that they would refrain from gathering in the mosques.
The Div Com Kashmir was asked to ensure the availability of essentials, especially during the month, besides, he was also directed that there should be uninterrupted power supply especially during Sehri and Iftar times so that people do not face any difficulty during the holy month.

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