CAG to Centre: Ensure proper implementation of MGNREGA, put in place effective monitoring & evaluation system

The Comptroller and Auditor General has asked the Centre to ensure proper implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, MGNREGA and put in place effective monitoring and evaluation system. The CAG has pointed out shortcomings in the implementation of the Centrally funded flagship scheme. The CAG performance audit of MGNREGA tabled in Parliament today stated that only 30 per cent of works approved in 14 states were completed. It also said rural household employment declined from 54 days in 2009-10 to 43 days in 2011-12. The report said Bihar, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh used only 20 per cent of the MGNREGA funds.

Reacting to the report, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said that it is a performance and not a financial audit. He said it is CAG's job to find shortcomings and if they don't show, it means they are not doing their job. Ramesh further said, the audit was conducted on the request of the government.
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