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SMS to Become the Medium for Rural Info in Tripura

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For swift communication of government decisions and announcement relating to rural affairs, the Tripura government will use the Short Messaging System (SMS).

“Government decisions relating to rural affairs would first be communicated to panchayat heads and officials of all ranks through mobile SMS (Short Messaging System) followed by normal government circulars,” Tripura Rural Development Minister Jitendra Chaudhury said.

The Minister claimed that in 2010-11, Tripura secured the top position in the country by providing on an average 67 mandays to the people under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act against the national average of 46.56 mandays.

“However, 77,990 families got 100 mandays of works last year of the total 585,185 job card holders,” the Minister said. To overcome the problem of delay in allocation of funds under the MGNREGA, Tripura is the first state in India to introduce the Fund Flow Management System (FFMS).

“The web-based FFMS, which would formally start June 28, would help in smoothening fund flow to various implementing agencies without funds being blocked at any level,” Chaudhury added.

Criticising the central government for delayed allocation of funds under the MGNREGA, the Minister said that due to the delay, achievement of 100 mandays in a year was not possible across the country.

“This is contrary to the act,” he stated.

The Tripura government has also providing wages to the MGNREGA workers at their door steps through business correspondents engaged by the various nationalised and regional rural banks.

According to the minister, among the northeastern states, Assam has been providing Rs 130 per day to each MGNREGA workers while the other northeastern states giving Rs 118 per day.

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