To make the implementation of its flagship programme for rural job guarantee more transparent, the Union government plans to constitute a group of eminent persons for its independent evaluation and monitoring.
"We have decided to identify 100 eminent citizens to report independently on the progress of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. The process is underway," said Union Minister for Rural Development C P Joshi.
He said his ministry was preparing the essential criteria for the selection of these independent monitors, who would come from different walks of life.
"After we finish preparing the criteria for their selection, we will post the proposal on our website inviting people to suggest the names of the persons of their choice," Joshi said. He said these independent monitors would be authorised to visit gram panchayats and conduct an independent evaluation on the progress of the programme in the area.
They would submit their report to their respective state governments and the Centre, Joshi said.
"They will also report to the people about their findings and observations. Their (independent monitors) observations will definitely make a difference as people would take note of it and become more aware," he added.As per the plan, reports of these 100 independent monitors will also be posted on the ministry's website for public view, a ministry official said.