Bandeppa Kashempur, MLA, has urged officials to spend funds set aside under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) before the end of the financial year.
At a review of development programmes at the Bidar Taluk Panchayat on Thursday, Mr. Kashempur expressed shock at the slow progress of work. Only around 20 per cent of funds had been spent under the MNREGA in all gram panchayats; this was not acceptable, he said.
He urged officials to create awareness about the job scheme and ensure more labourers were given work under it.
They should try to spend at least half the funds set aside in each panchayat, he said.
He instructed Suryakant Phulekar, taluk panchayat executive officer, to take action against officials who don’t speed up works.
The MLA said he would visit two villages in Bidar taluk to inspect works and interact with residents on Friday.