_Special Story_ *RDD Doda generates 2.32 lakh Person-days* _Engages over 14K labourers of 9365 households against 3665 works across the district_

Publish Date : 16/07/2020
Doda, JUNE 30: 
With easing of lock down restrictions imposed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic across the district, Rural Development Department (RDD) Doda, on the directions of DDC Doda Dr Sagar D Doifode, has activated men and material to take up most of the works under MGNREGA and PMAY flagship programmes to enable labour class of the district to earn their livelihood and overcome financial crisis they were facing due to lockdown.
As the restrictions were eased and SOps issued by Govt to start MGNREGA with certain protocols , RDD has been giving special focus on resuming not only  MGNREGA works but works under other  schemes also  to generate maximum number of person-days all across the district so that labourers including migrant labourers are provided the means of livelihood.
“Following the Government instructions to start MGNREGA works w.e.f 20th April , all the labour oriented works and  developmental activities, which were halted due to lockdown and restrictions have been resumed and are in full swing and all the SOPs / Protocols regarding COvid -19 are being followed, said Assistant Commissioner Development (ACD) Doda,Mr Prem Singh Chib. “The works have been  taken up on fast track basis and instructions have been to  prioritize the works to ensure execution of community based works  so that maximum labourers get employment, he added.
To ensure smooth execution of all undergoing works, the Rural Development Department (RDD) is working tirelessly with the aim of achieving the targets and compensate the time lost due to lockdown. While elaborating on resumption of developmental activities, he said that focus is to  provide immediate employment  to underprivileged, poor and  labour class of the district. Accordingly, about 3665 works including 146 spillover and 3519 new ones have  taken in hand for early completion so far  and the number of works is increasing on daily basis.
“Works under MGNREGA and PMAY were taken up purposely as these are main source of generating livelihood means for labour class and over 14k labourers were simultaneously engaged across the district in 17 CD blocks thereby generating about 2.32 lakh Person-days providing alternate employment to 9365 households,” he said.
Regarding progress made under PMAY(G) since the easing of restrictions, the department has registered 4871 till now out of 5520 in which 2398 are geo tagged in this financial year under the scheme,their documentation is ongoing at a fast pace in the respective blocks by the concerned BDO’s and first installment will be sanctioned in favour of the beneficiaries registered as soon as their documentation will be completed, he added.
More over the ACD Doda informed that under PMAY(G)out of target of 1461 cases of phase I ,1350 stand completed till now and the Deptt is eyeing to complete all the PMAY houses under phase II, in the District till March 2021 positively.
“Despite challenging circumstances due to Covid-19 outbreak, it was a challenge for the district administration to ensure maintaining proper hygiene and social distancing norms at all work-sites as most of the works are done manually and are labourer oriented. For this purpose, on the directions of DDC Doda Dr Sagar D Doifode, the FCS&CA Department provided near about 4 lakh face masks in the rural areas, including to the labourers engaged on different works,the officer said.
“Our focus is not only providing dignified  employment but at the same time we are committed to ensure quality of works and creation of community assets in the panchayats by actively involving the PRIs,the ACD added.