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ANSWERED ON:  14.03.2023
Lavu Sri Krishna Devarayalu
Balashowry Vallabbhaneni
Will the Minister of

RURAL DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government has made National Mobile Monitoring System (NMMS) App mandatory for attendance of workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) from 1st January, 2023 and if so, the details thereof;

(b) whether it is true that only two out of ten workers on the electronic muster roll turn up the
worksite due to NMMS issues which results in denying them work on demand;

(c) whether the Government is aware that MGNREGS workers are on an indefinite protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi and if so, the details thereof;

(d) the details of problems identified/complaints received relating to the use of NMMS along with the manner in which the Government is planning to address the same;

(e) whether it is true that all MGNREGS workers are required to upload two geo-tagged photos every day on the NMMS App else their attendance is not marked and they do not get paid for their work; and

(f) if so, the steps taken/being taken by the Government to judiciously implement this new system considering the digital divide in the country and the fact that millions still do not have a smartphone?

(a) to (f): A statement is laid on the Table of the House.

Statement in reply to Parts (a) to (f) of Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 195 for 14.03.2023

(a) to (f): Government of India has decided that State/UT shall ensure capturing of attendance for all the works (except individual beneficiary schemes/projects) through National Mobile Monitoring System (NMMS) App under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (Mahatma Gandhi NREGS) from 01st January, 2023.

Worksite supervisors are responsible for capturing attendance along with geo-tagged photographs of the workers through the NMMS App. The Ministry has been providing training to the States/UTs to ensure smooth transitioning to NMMS app as and when requested by the States/UTs. The technical issues being faced are taken up with NIC, Rural Development on a real-time basis. The new provisions/ suggestions requested by the States/UTs are being incorporated. All the issues concerning the NMMS application are reviewed and resolved from time to time. Some important decisions taken as per request of State Governments are given below:

1. NMMS application has been modified to capture the second photograph just after 4 hours of uploading the attendance and first photograph. It has eased out the specific time point requirement for capturing the attendance and photographs. The morning attendance along with the first photograph can be captured in offline mode and to be uploaded once the device comes into a network.

2. In case of exceptional circumstances due to which attendance could not be uploaded, the District Programme Coordinator (DPC) has been authorized to upload the manual attendance.

So far, no issue regarding indefinite protest against NMMS App has been reported to the Ministry. Also, no specific issue related to the non-use of NMMS App due to the non-availability of smartphones has come to the notice of the Ministry.


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