The award is envisaged to encourage and acknowledge the outstanding and exemplary contribution made by CSOs in the implementation of NREG Act in the country. The Act aims at providing for enhancement of livelihood security of the households in rural areas of the country by providing at least one hundred days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. It also envisages payment of unemployment allowance to the households in case the work is not provided as stipulated within 15 days of demand for work, or from the date when the work is demanded. In order to
protect the interests of workers, provision for social audit by Gram Sabha has been kept. Quick disposal of grievances and complaints have to be ensured. Implementing agencies have been made responsible for proper implementation of the Act and the Schemes. To accomplish the objectives of the NREG Act, it will be necessary to encourage and promote the participation of CSOs in the implementation of the Act. Civil Society Organizations may act as catalysts to enable the workers to access their rights under the Act. Accordingly, the Government of India considers it expedient to institute an award for the effective implementation of NREG.
Hon'l Dr. Manmohan Singh, The Prime Minister of India.
Sri Rigzin Sampheal , IAS, District Magistrate Jalaun at Orai UP
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