Union Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Panchayati Raj and Food Processing Industries, Narendra Singh Tomar launched National Mobile Monitoring Software (NMMS) app and Area Officer Monitoring App on May 21. The apps will induce transparency and accountability to the execution of rural development works conducted by the Ministry. The Minister lauded the efforts saying that these two Apps will be big steps towards bringing in transparency and effective monitoring of schemes. Also, he advised the Ministry to make the apps multilingual, provide sufficient training and equipment, and allow time for its rollout.
During the launching of the apps through video conferencing, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Minister of State, Rural Development, Secretary, Rural Development and officials from the Ministry and all the State Governments were also present.
The NMMS App permits taking real-time attendance of workers at MGNREGS worksites along with the geotagged photograph, which will increase citizen oversight of the programme besides potentially enabling processing payments faster. On the other hand, Area Officer Monitoring App facilitates them to record their findings online along with time-stamped and geo-coordinate tagged photograph for all the schemes of the Department of Rural Development- MGNREGS, PMAYG, PMGSY. This would also enable not only better record keeping of inspections by field and supervisory officials but also facilitate analysis of the findings for better programme implementation.
On the occasion, the Minister of State highlighted the good works done under MGNREGA by providing employment to rural people during the COVID-19 pandemic period. Secretary, Rural Development, Nagendra Nath Sinha emphasised the strengthening of Social Audit, recruitment of Ombudsman, geotagging of assets and monitoring of works.
(With inputs from PIB)