Records of assets created under MGNREGA to be kept in an improved format
With an aim to test the credibility of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and simplify audits by inspecting authorities, the Modi Government has decided to modify the format in which records of assets created under MGNREGA are maintained. Judging the existing asset registers created under the previous UPA Government are disorganized. The Centre ordered all states to create revised ‘fixed asset registers’ by June 15. These revised registers will be kept with the gram panchayats.
The Ministry of Rural Development in an official announcement to all states said that the up-to-date asset register would serve as audit evidence that any inspecting authority may require in assessing the credibility of any MGNREGA asset.
Stressing on the endless benefits of creating such a detailed asset register, the Centre claimed that this would aid in the quick assessment of information regarding all aspects of a particular asset including its location, date, description and works carried out. The new register will be maintained as a permanent document rather than a year wise record. This would make it easy to regularly track the changes an asset undergoes.
Earlier the Centre had faced criticism over the delay in paying wages and poor monitoring of the scheme at the state level. Following this criticism it directed all states to set up Employment Guarantee Councils within 45 days in keeping with the orders passed by the Supreme Court.