Vizianagaram: A three-member Central team from the ministry of rural development visited interior villages of Vizianagaram district on Tuesday to verify the claims made by the district that it had created a record in the implementation of MGNREGA by providing the maximum number of workdays to the rural poor.

The team comprised joint director of rural development Amarendra Pratap Singh, joint secretary Rohit Kumar, and programme officer Hansil Kumar. Panchayat raj and rural development commissioner of AP S. Girija Shankar and Vizianagaram collector A. Surya Kumari were also present.

The team visited Karadavalasa village in Parvatipuram mandal and verified the job cards of the village workers. They spoke to the villagers about MGNREGA works and payment of wages. Later, the team visited Dibbaguddivalassa and Gadabavalasa in Bondapalli panchayats in the district and verified the works and wages. They interacted with the cluster coordinators of Velugu self-help groups. They also talked to a farmer, Pola Balakoteswara Rao, about the cashew and mango crops he was growing in his five acres of land in Viswambarapuram village under MGNREGA works.

Collector Surya Kumari told reporters after the team's visit that the Central officials had visited several villages to inspect MGNREGA work implemented last year and this year. They will submit their findings to the ministry later, she added.

She also said the team did not find any irregularity in the implementation of the works and payment of wages. She said the team was impressed by the concept of the village secretariat and volunteer system and delivery of ration at home after they visited one secretariat and interacted with the employees.

Gurla mandal in Vizianagaram created 13.39 lakh working days and paid Rs. 32.68 crore wages to the workers under the MGNREGA scheme. The district administration claimed that this was a record in the country.

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