Section 17 of the MGNREGA has mandated Social audit of all Works executed under the MGNREGA Social audits focus on the performance of a programme in fulfilling Its Intended social objectives and ethical vision through consultation with a range of stakeholders including social programme beneficiaries, community members, government officials and verifying the information obtained with documents and physical evidence. Thus, social audits examine and assess the social impact of specific programme and policies.
Salient Features of MGNREGA
Gives legal guarantee of wage employment to the adult members of rural households who are willing to do unskilled manual labour subject to a maximum of 100 days per household.
Applicable for all villages in the District.
Every rural household has the right to register under MGNREGA.
Job cards issued to every household registered under MGNREGA.
Job cards issued within 15 days from the date of receipt of application for the job card registration
The registered job card holders can seek employment by giving a group/individual application.
A minimum of 10 job seekers shall apply to sanction a new work under MGNREGAEmployment provided by sanctioning one of the works under “Shelf of Works” as identified and prioritised by the village community within 15 days from the date of receipt of applications for providing employment under MGNREGA.
The village community has the right to choose works under 8 permissible categories of works “Shelf of works” will be identified by the village community for 5 years which can be taken up in their villages as per the job demand and entitled person days.
The works proposed by the village community cannot be altered by anyone unless they are not in conformity with the guidelines of MGNREGA.
The work shall be provided within 5 kilometres jurisdiction from the village.
If the work provided is beyond 5 kilometres, the job seekers shall be given 10 percent of the minimum wages as additional amount.
Equal payment for men and women.
Wages to be paid within a fortnight.
1/3 beneficiaries should be women.
Work site facilities such as creche, drinking water and shade have to be provided 60:40 wage and material ratio has to be maintained for all works undertaken under NREGA.
No contractors and machinery allowed.
Grievance redressal mechanism to be set up for ensuring a responsive implementation process.
Social Audit is a must for all the works implemented under NREGA.
Provisions of RTI Act shall be applicable in Letter and Spirit to ensure transparency and accountability.
The office of the Ombudsman is vested with the following powers in order to redress
grievances under MGNREGA:
Receive complaints from NREGA workers and facilitate their disposal in accordance with law.
Require the NREGA Authority complained against to provide any information or issue direction for conducting spot investigation.
Lodge FIRs against the erring parties.
Initiate proceedings suo motu in the event of any circumstance arising jurisdiction that may cause any grievance.
Engage experts for facilitating the disposal of the complaint.
Direct redressal, disciplinary and punitive actions.
Report his findings to the Chief Secretary of the State and the Secretary, State Nodal Department for appropriate legal action against erring persons.