JAMMU, NOV 10: Taking a step ahead in bringing transparency in the functioning of Rural Development Department and disbursing the wages to the beneficiaries under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice, Abdul Haq launched the Electronic Fund Management System (e-FMS), here today.
On the occasion, the Minister transferred online Rs 1.5 cr as payment to 10000 beneficiaries under MGNREGA.
The Minister was apprised that new system of e-FMS functions through digital signature and once concerned officer will sign it electronically, it will go to master account of the Nodal bank from where the wages will be credited directly to the account of the worker immediately.
Terming launch of e-FMS as a revolutionary step, the Minister said that with this move, the beneficiaries now need not to move to offices for payment and Department will directly transfer wages to their already linked bank accounts. “This step will not only ease out whole process of disbursing payment to beneficiaries but also remove hurdles and makes it paperless besides eliminating delays in wage payment,” said the Minister adding that today we can say that objective behind implementing MGNERGA is fulfilled as the beneficiaries will get their payment within 15 days benefitting about 20 lakh MGNREGA workers of the State.
“Thousands of families in our State are dependent on MGNREGA to meet their daily needs and often delay in payments badly affects them, and now with e-FMS it would be ensured that they get their wage payments in real time,” said Haq Khan.
He added that the measure will usher in much needed transparency and funds will reach to the real beneficiaries on ground. “It is a digital era, everything should be available to the public in just one click and the RDD takes immense pleasure to bring J&K on the path of digital India”, said the Minister.