Financial management: State to file an affidavit in HC on its stand on the 100-day work scheme: The Calcutta High Court on Monday directed the West Bengal government to file an affidavit in a PIL filed by opposition leader Subvendu Adhikari alleging financial mismanagement in the 100-day job guarantee scheme.
The petitioner alleged that fake job cards were created to misappropriate the funds of the State Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Prakash Srivastava and Justice R Bharadwaj directed the state government to file an affidavit. The court shall state its position on the complaint of the holder within two weeks. The court said the petitioner and the central government can file their affidavits within a week thereafter.
The PIL will come up for hearing again on December 20, the bench directed. Meanwhile, Rs 6750 crore is due from the Center under the 100-day work scheme as per estimates of the state P&RD department.
Launching of Scheme
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme was launched by Govt. of India in all Gram Panchayats of districts Mahendergarh and Sirsa on 2nd February 2006 and this scheme was also extended in two more districts namely Ambala & Mewat w.e.f. 1st April 2007. The remaining districts of the State have been covered under the scheme w.e.f. 1.4.2008
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To enhance the livelihood security of households in rural areas of the state by providing round-the-year employment to each household volunteer for unskilled manual work with a guarantee of a minimum of 100 days of wage employment in a financial year. Secondary objectives include wealth creation for the development of rural areas.
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