New Delhi: In order to keep a tab on the rural development schemes, Rural Development Ministry is mulling over expediting the process of appointing more volunteers under the Bharat Nirman and giving them a fixed salary.

The Ministry could also endow the responsibility of social audit of the programmes under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) on these volunteers.

The Ministry aims at appointing volunteers in all the 6 lakh villages across the country.

Every village will have 20 to 25 volunteers who will be given special training. More than 20,000 volunteers have already been appointed.

Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has already started speaking directly to the volunteers and has sought information on implementation of the Central schemes through SMS.

In order to motivate the volunteers, Ramesh has also assured the volunteers of giving them a fixed salary.

Jairam Ramesh said priority would be given to implementation of the plan in the 60 Naxal-affected districts of the country.

However, in the first phase of the programme, appointment of volunteers in the Naxal-affected states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa has not been satisfactory.

(JPN/ Bureau)