Port Blair, June 20: To streamline the reporting and evaluation of MGNREGA Scheme as well as to ensure smooth fund flow mechanism to bring down delay in payment of wages to the beneficiaries, with the continuous efforts of the Directorate of RD, PRIs & ULBs (State Nodal Department of MGNREGA), the Ministry of Rural Development has shifted the Nicobar District from offline mode of MIS (Monitoring and Information System) to online mode.

Due to poor internet connectivity in the Blocks of the Nicobar District, the online mode of MIS could not be materialized for long time. Now with launch of 4G in the Islands, the internet connectivity in the blocks of Nicobar district has improved and accordingly all requisite actions were taken to bring the Nicobar District online for seamless wage payment to the beneficiaries. The other two Districts viz. South Andaman and North & Middle Andaman are already functioning in the online mode since 2018 and the wages to the beneficiaries are being made through eFMS (online) mode.

This process will also reduce the delay in allocation of funds for payment of wages to the Districts and remove parking of funds at various levels. The Administration has been making concerted efforts for improving the timely payment of wages and will result in considerable improvement in the status of timely generation of pay order and leading to improvement in actual time taken to credit wages into the worker’s account.

Shri Suneel Anchipaka, IAS, Secretary (RD/Panchayat)/ Commissioner (MGNREGA) has informed that as of now the Nicobar district has come on online mode, so soon the UT of Andaman & Nicobar Islands shall be brought on NeFMS (National electronic Fund Management System) with the support of MoRD, GOI for seamless fund flow for payment of wages under MGNREGA and to bring transparency and accountability in the wage payment architecture.