Lok sevaks, karmis to check rural job plan

Lok sevaks, karmis to check rural job plan

Further, it has also stressed the need for appointment of one lok karmi in every gram panchayat.

Lok karmi, the Centre says, may be a person from the local community who will assist and support the MGNREGS beneficiaries in realising their entitlements and opportunities under various development programmes.

The Centre said lok karmi must preferably be a woman and from among SC/ST and minorities, and a resident of the same gram panchayat. She should be at least 12th class pass or those up to 8th class pass could also be considered. Further, pointing out that lok karmi may also operate as business correspondent, it has stressed that honourarium of lok karmi be given through a bank/post office account only. According to the Centre, the need to set up lok sevaks and appointment of lok karmis has been necessitated following disparities in rural social structures and inequalities among rural communities which constrict them in exercising their rights, especially the poor and marginalised.

Stating that the success of MGNREGS depends on enabling beneficiaries to access and assert their rights under the Act, the Centre has asked the state governments to call for Expression of Interest (EoI) and setting up selection committee to screen proposals for lok sevak.

The panel will recommend lok sevak for engagement by the district programme coordinator and each will be assigned not more than four block as territorial jurisdiction and that the DPC will engage lok sevak for execution of MGNREGS initiative.
Citing several selection criteria, the Centre said lok sevak should be paid consolidated fee on monthly/quarterly basis and on the basis of wage paid to lok karmi. This, it notes, should not be less than agricultural minimum wage for skilled labour in the state.

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