New Delhi: With a view to conduct surveillance and evaluation of schemes run by the Union Rural Development Ministry, the newly appointed Minister Jairam Ramesh informed on Monday that the NGOs (Non Government Organisation) will be roped in for the assessment task.

Addressing a meeting on ‘Surveillance of Social, Financial and Caste census-2011’, Ramesh informed that 70 NGOs will be assigned with the responsibility to evaluate the Centre-run schemes.

“We are planning to introduce this proposal at the earliest," he said.

According to the proposal prepared by Ramesh, certain NGOs will be assigned the responsibility to evaluate and conduct surveillance of projects under Mahatma Gandhi Nation Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme,  Pradhanmantri Gramin Sadak Yojna, Indira Housing Scheme, National Livelihood Mission and various others schemes.

However, Ramesh proposal did not find favours from all the quarters.

Condemning the proposal suggested by Ramesh, one of the members of National Advisory Council, Dr NC Saxena narrated his own experiences of working with NGOs and said, “NGOs have simply become recruitment agencies."

Speaking in similar voice as Saxena, Rural Development Secretary said that before handling the responsibility to NGOs, the ministry should assess the past performance of these organisations.

JPN/Bureau