What Bengal does today, Maharashtra implements tomorrow

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
17 Jun 2018

The achievement of West Bengal achievement in successful implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) was reasserted yet again by a delegation from Maharashtra here on Friday. The delegation led by ASR Nayek, MGNREGS commissioner of Maharashtra moved to different parts of English Bazaar block to witness how the human resources at rural areas of the district were productively used ensuring better wages and all-round development of state.
Sukanta Saha, District Panchayat and Rural Development Officer and Debarshi Mukherjee, Block Development Officer of English Bazaar accompanied the delegation throughout.
“Women’s self-help groups (SHG) have set an example in ensuring financial independence of rural women,” Nayek remarked after visiting the fly-ash brick production unit at Narhatta gram panchayet.
The delegation was informed that the unique project was patronized by state finance commission. A SHG of women manufactures over 2000 bricks everyday here. Rs 31.17 lakh was sanctioned for setting up the fly-ash brick unit.
“Women SHGs were engaged in running Fish-farming and eco-tourism projects at Sagardighi area with collective help from state government’s fishery, tourism, minority departments and state finance commission,” Saha informed the delegation.
The team also paid a visit to mango groves and vegetable fields managed by women.
Visibly impressed with the success of those projects Nayek said, “We have taken note of how the SHGs are functioning here.         West Bengal has really set an instance in MGNREGS projects. We would follow West Bengal in implementing such schemes in Maharashtra.”