Mrunal Durgesh Deshmukh

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Placed at:   Jorhat, Assam

Education: BE in Electronics and Telecommunication from Pune University, PGD in Rural Development Management from National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad

Prior work experience:

  • Worked for 7 months with Centum WorkSkills India Limited, a PIA for Skill Development Programmes
    Key work during fellowship

Issue:

  • Utilization of Funds of Jorhat district under NREGS in the financial year 2014-15 was found to be poor at 36% with State Position of Jorhat as 22nd among 27 districts of Assam. Analysis of factors affecting the utilization of fund showed poor status of the district on certain parameters such as opening of bank accounts of the Job Card holders, coverage of households under Job Cards, provision of work to the households demanding work, etc.

What was done:

  • Reorganization and Capacity Building of the staff involved in the implementation of NREGS was done through fixing of duties and performance parameters, conduction of technical workshops, simplification of processes, designing of new evaluation sheets, facilitation, and regular reviews. New works were selected from the Annual Action Plans through new approach of “Feasibility Testing”. Coverage of Households under Job Cards, Bank Accounts and Mobile Numbers was speedily improved in the Gram Panchayats where it was found to be low.

Impact:

  • In the first seven months of the financial year 2015-16, utilization of funds of Jorhat district under NREGS increased to 128% with State Position of Jorhat as 7th among 27 districts of Assam, indicating that the demand of the job card holders for work was exceedingly fulfilled. Number of Job Cards issued in 2014-15 was 7582 where in the first seven months of 2015-16 it stood at 13025, and Bank Accounts opened in the first seven months of 2015-16 stood at 20779, indicating that more number of needy workers were brought into the fold of the scheme. Mobile numbers of the Job Card holders registered by the end of the seventh month of 2015-16 for Jorhat district alone stood at 11546 where the mobile numbers registered at this same point in time in the rest of the 26 districts of Assam stood at 5999, indicating that more number of people from the district were informed about availability of work, inclusion in the Muster Rolls or about the payments done through these Muster Rolls.

 

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