GUWAHATI, April 3 - Under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), a total of 4,14,551 works were undertaken in the State so far of which only 2,64,976 have been completed.
Work has been currently suspended in 4,497 of the 1,49,575 incomplete projects, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Naba Kumar Doley today informed the Assembly in response to a question by AGP MLA Phani Bhusan Choudhury.
�To complete the half-done works, the district authorities are being regularly sent reminders. We have also engaged project monitoring and evaluation officer, works officer and junior engineers at the State level to supervise the works,� Doley said.
The minister also admitted that delay in release of funds by the Centre, engagement of employees in NRC works and natural calamities are some of the reasons for the non-completion of the works.
Wage payments are also pending since December due to shortage of funds. �The Centre has not released the funds since December. We are pursuing the matter and we hope the funds would be released shortly,� he said.
The minister, however, claimed that the number of works completed during 2017-18 had been much higher than in previous years. A total of 48,336 works were completed in the last financial year, compared to 20,800 in 2016-17, 15,986 in 2015-16 and 19,532 works in 2014-15.
In the current year, 9,909 families were given 100 days work and 752 families are yet to be given any work.