Guwahati: Social audits of the panchayat and rural development projects in all the 2202 panchayats of the State would be done between April 1 and 30 next. This audit would cover all the schemes carried out by the panchayats, as well the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation Act schemes.
Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Rockybul Hussain replying to the debate on the cut movement on the demand for grant of the department.
As well, the Government has demanded the Gauhati High Court to subject instructions on filling up the 70 vacancies against the posts of Block Development Officers, which could not be filled up because until court cases, the Minister said.
Furthermore, he said that the Finance Department is considering the suggestion made by the Purakayastha Committee to fill 14,000 posts in the Panchayat and Rural Development Department.
The Minister informed the House added that the State Government is going to pay a monthly pension of Rs 500 to each of the people of the age of 80 years or above with effect from April 1 next. Likewise, it is also aimed at pay old age pension to those people who have reached 60 years of age. This scheme will benefit 1, 55,787 people.
The widow pension scheme of the Government is also intended to benefit over one lakh widows. Moreover, stopped pension scheme of the Government is also designed to benefit 42,000 people, the Minister said.
The State Government is in constant touch with the Central Government in issues of funds for the panchayat and rural development projects and due to its resolve, more Central funds are coming to the State’s panchayat and rural development sector. By March 31 this year, the State anticipates more funds for the projects undertaken during the current financial year, the Minister said.