GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH

ABSTRACT

 

Rural Development- Andhra Pradesh Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme- APREGS- Setting up of Andhra Pradesh State Employment Guarantee Council (APSEGC)- Orders issued.

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PANCHAYATI RAJ AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT (RD.II) DEPARTMENT

 

G. O. Ms. No.167                                                                     Dated: 09.05.2006

                                                                                                 Read the following:-

 

               1. National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005.

               2. G.O.Ms.No. 27, dated 28.01.2006, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development (RD.II) Dept on APREGS.

 

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O R DE R

 

            In the reference read above, the State Government have notified the Scheme called ‘Andhra Pradesh Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (APREGS)’ as required under the ‘National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 ‘, which was passed by the Government of India in September, 2005.

2.         The Act and the Scheme give legal guarantee of hundred days of wage employment in a financial year to adult members of a rural household who demand employment and are willing to do unskilled manual work.  In the first phase, the Scheme would be implemented in 13 districts of Adilabad, Mahaboobnagar, Rangareddy, Khammam, Nalgonda, Warangal, Ananthapur, Kadapa, Chittoor, Karimnagar, Medak, Nizamabad and Vizianagaram districts.

3.         For the purposes of regular monitoring and reviewing the implementation of this Act at the State level, Sub-Section (1) of Section 12 of ‘ The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005’, and also the Sub-para 14 of Para 7 of the APREGS as notified in reference 2nd read above, envisage setting up of Andhra Pradesh State Employment Guarantee Council (APSEGC). The APSEGC shall be the advisory body for the purpose of the AP Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

4.                   Accordingly, the Government hereby constitute the Andhra Pradesh State Employment Guarantee Council (APSEGC) with the following functions, composition and terms and conditions:-

A.   The duties and functions of the State Council shall include-

a)       advising the State Government on all matters concerning the Scheme and its implementation in the State

b)       determining the preferred works

c)       reviewing the monitoring and redressal mechanism from time to time and recommending improvements

d)       promoting the widest possible dissemination of information about this Act and the Schemes under it

e)       monitoring the implementation of this Act and the Schemes in the State and coordinating such implementation with the Central Council

f)         preparing the annual report to be laid before the State Legislature by the State Government

g)       any other duty or function as may be assigned to it by the Central Council or the State Government

h)       The State Council shall have the power to undertake an evaluation of the Schemes operating in the State and for that purpose to collect or cause to be collected statistics pertaining to the rural economy and implementation of the Schemes and Programmes in the State.

B. Composition

Official Members

1.

Chief Minister

Chairperson

2.

Minister, Rural Development

Vice Chairperson

3.

Minister, Agriculture

Member

4.

Minister, Panchayat Raj

Member

5.

Minister, Social Welfare and Tribal Welfare

Member

6.

Minister, Women Development and Child Welfare and Disabled Welfare

Member

7.

Minister, Labour and Employment

Member

8.

Minister, Minor Irrigation

 

Member

9.

Minister, Forests

Member

10.

Principal Secretary, Finance

Member

11.

Principal Secretary, Panchayat Raj

Member

12.

Principal Secretary, Social Welfare

Member

13.

Principal Secretary, Tribal Welfare

Member

14.

Principal Secretary, Irrigation

Member

15.

Commissioner, Rural Development

Member

16.

Principal Secretary, EFS&T

Member

17.

Principal Secretary, Rural Development

Member Convener

Non-Official Members

Members

Number

Category I

Representatives from PRIs

 

a. ZP Chairpersons

Two

b. ZPTC member

one

b. MPP Presidents

one

c. MPTC member/ GP Sarpanchs

two

Category II

Representatives from Workers Organizations

 

four

Category III

Representatives from Disadvantaged Groups/ Organizations

 

five

Total

Fifteen

C. Terms and Conditions

Term

a.       The Term of the non-official members representing the Panchayat Raj Institutions is for a period of 3 years or as long as they continue to be in office. The term of the non-official members of other two categories is for a period of 3 years. The non-official members are entitled to a sitting fee of Rs.1,000 whenever they attend the Council meetings.

b.       The Official members of the Council continue to be the members as long as they are in the office. 

Meetings

a.       The State Council shall meet atleast once in two months.

b.       Whenever necessary, the Chairperson may call for extraordinary meeting of the State Council.

c.       The Member Convener shall give a fortnight’s notice to the members for convening the meeting. The notice will contain the agenda for the meeting and the details of date, time and place of the meeting.

d.       In case of any urgent matters to be approved by the State Council a meeting by circulation may be held with the members in headquarters and all the members shall approve the circular resolution.

Quorum 

a.       No business shall be transacted at any meeting unless a quorum of members is present at the time when the meeting proceeds to transact in business.

b.       50% of the members, both official and non-official members present in the meeting constitute the quorum for the Council meetings.

c.       If the quorum is not sufficient for holding the meeting, the meeting shall stand adjourned to another day at such other place and time as the member-convener may determine.

d.       If at the adjourned meeting a quorum is not sufficient within half an hour from the time appointed for the meeting, the members present shall be the quorum.


Proceedings

a.       The Chairperson shall preside over every meeting of the State Council. In case the Chairperson is not in a position to attend the meeting, he may ask the Vice-Chairperson to preside over the meeting.

b.       Every decision shall be taken by a simple majority of the members present at the meeting.

c.       The record of decisions taken by the Council in a meeting shall be confirmed in the following meeting.

D. Additional functions

In addition to the duties and functions as specified in Para 6 (A) above, the Sub- Section 3 (g) of Section 12 of the Act enables the State Government to assign any other duty or function to the Council. 

The Council shall be the primary apex body responsible for ensuring that the Employment Guarantee Scheme is implemented in the
State in its true letter and spirit. For ensuring the same, the State Council shall perform the following functions.

a.       The Council shall act as the custodian of the rights and entitlements of the wage seekers as guaranteed by the Act and the Scheme. It shall take all the necessary steps required to play its role as the custodian.

b.       The Council shall form its own Sub-Committees, which through frequent public hearings in the notified districts get first hand knowledge about the implementation of the Scheme and report back to the Council.

c.       The Council may bring in necessary changes or modifications in the Rules made by the State Government, if at any point of time, substantiated by investigation, it is known that the particular Rule/clause affects the effective implementation of the Scheme. 

d.       The Council shall take corrective steps in case of any lapses on part of the administration. It may call for production of any record and may call any Officer concerned with the implementation of the Scheme to provide the required information.

e.       The Council may appoint Commissioner/s to cause enquiry into any such issues, which it may deem necessary.

f.         The Council shall study the issues that are brought to its notice by different stakeholders through various platforms. Studies shall be commissioned wherever necessary and Impact Studies shall be conducted from time to time.

 

g.       The Council shall keep itself updated on the progress of the implementation of the Scheme. The Member Convener shall place the reports generated before the Council for taking necessary decisions to improve the efficiency in implementation of the Scheme.

h.       Decisions taken by the Council on every aspect of implementation of the Scheme, in accord with the letter and spirit of the Act and the Scheme, will be final.

 

5.    Technical Support Unit

a.  The State Council may establish a Technical Support Unit consisting of full time experts, researchers and investigators representing various fields relevant to the Scheme, which will provide the required technical input. It may either establish its own Unit or may take support from other competent organizations, which can function as Technical Support Units.

b. The Technical Support Unit will be headed by a Secretary, an officer of the rank of Special Grade Deputy Collector/ Joint Director taken on deputation from the Government. The Secretary will assist the Council and its member-convener i.e. the Principal Secretary, RD in performing its functions as detailed above.

6.     Funding

The entire expenditure of the Council will be met from the 10% State Component.

7.      A copy of this order is available on the Internet and can be accessed at the address: http://www.rd.ap.gov.in,

(BY ORDER AND IN THE NAME OF THE GOVERNOR OF ANDHRA PRADESH)

      T. K. DIWAN

CHIEF SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

 

To

The Commissioner, Rural Development, AP., Hyderabad

The District Collectors and District Programme Coordinators of Adilabad, Mahabubnagar, Ranga Reddy, Khammam, Warangal, Nalgonda, Ananthapur, Cuddapah, Karimnagar, Vizianagaram, Chittoor, Nizamabad and Medak (13 APREGS Districts)

The Project Directors, DWMAs and Addl. Dist. Programme Coordinators of Adilabad, Mahabubnagar, Ranga Reddy, Khammam, Warangal, Nalgonda, Ananthapur, Cuddapah, Karimnagar, Vizianagaram, Chittoor, Nizamabad and Medak (13 APREGS Districts)

 

The Project Directors, DRDAs and Addl. Dist. Programme Coordinators of Adilabad, Mahabubnagar, Ranga Reddy, Khammam, Warangal, Nalgonda, Ananthapur, Cuddapah, Karimnagar, Vizianagaram, Chittoor, Nizamabad and Medak (13 APREGS Districts)

The Chief Executive Officers, ZPs and Addl. Dist. Programme Coordinators of Adilabad, Mahabubnagar, Ranga Reddy, Khammam, Warangal, Nalgonda, Ananthapur, Cuddapah, Karimnagar, Vizianagaram, Chittoor, Nizamabad and Medak (13 APREGS Districts)

The Project Officer, ITDA and Additional District Programme Coordinators of Eturu Nagaram (Warangal), Bhadrachalam (Khammam), Utnoor (Adilabad) and Parvathipuram (Vizianagarm), MADA Mannanur (Mahabubnagar) Districts

The District Panchayat Officers of Adilabad, Mahabubnagar, Ranga Reddy, Khammam, Warangal, Nalgonda, Ananthapur, Cuddapah, Karimnagar, Vizianagaram, Chittoor, Nizamabad and Medak (13 APREGS Districts)

 

The Mandal Development Officers through Chief Executive Officers of Adilabad, Mahabubnagar, Ranga Reddy, Khammam, Warangal, Nalgonda, Ananthapur, Cuddapah, Karimnagar, Vizianagaram, Chittoor, Nizamabad and Medak (13 APREGS Districts)

The Special Secretary to Chief Minister.

PS to Minister, Rural Development, Vice Chairperson

PS to Minister, Agriculture

PS to Minister, Panchayat Raj

PS to Minister, Social Welfare and Tribal Welfare

PS to Minister, Women Development and Child Welfare and Disabled Welfare

PS to Minister, Labour and Employment

PS to Minister, Minor Irrigation

PS to Minister, Forests

The Principal Secretary, Finance Department

The Principal Secretary, PR & RWS, PR & RD Department

The Principal Secretary, Social Welfare Department

The Principal Secretary, Tribal Welfare Department

The Principal Secretary, I & CAD Department

The Principal Secretary, EFS & T Department

 

Copy to:

 

The Special Chief Secretaries/Principal Secretaries /Secretaries

               in the Secretariat

The Commissioner, Panchayat Raj, AP., Hyderabad

The Commissioner, Tribal Welfare, AP., Hyderabad

The Commissioner, Social Welfare, AP., Hyderabad

The Managing Director, AP State SC Coop. Fin. Corpn. Ltd., Hyderabad

The Commissioner, AMR APARD, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad

The Executive Directors of District Scheduled Castes Cooperative Societies Limited of Adilabad, Mahabubnagar, Ranga Reddy, Khammam, Warangal, Nalgonda, Ananthapur, Cuddapah, Karimnagar, Vizianagaram, Chittoor, Nizamabad and Medak (13 APREGS Districts)

The Accountant General, AP, Hyderabad.

The Director of Treasuries and Accounts, A.P. Hyderabad.

Private Secretaries to all Ministers

PS to Chief Secretary to Government.

PS to the Principal Secretary to Government (RD).

The PR & RD (Genl) Department (2 copies).

SF/SC.

 

// Forwarded by Order //

SECTION OFFICER.