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4 crore man days created under MGNREGS in 4 ½ months in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 19: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday expressed appreciation for generation of four crore person days in four and half months, expenditure and creation of durable assets under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

At State Employment Guarantee Council meeting held at the State Secretariat under the chairmanship of Patnaik it was revealed that in the first four and half months of current fiscal, the State has already achieved four crore person days and spent over Rs 1,243 crore. At this rate, the annual target of eight crore person days for the year will be surpassed. We have consistently surpassed the target. In the last fiscal, 8.95 crore person days were generated at a cost of Rs 2,074 crore against a target of 7.60 crore person days.

“Panchayati Raj Department has spearheaded successful implementation of MGNREGS with novel initiatives like Intensive Participatory Planning Exercise for decision making, budget and livelihood planning at Gram Panchayat level. Implementation of Ne-FMS from 1 April 2016, has ensured direct transfer of wages to beneficiary accounts,” said Patnaik.

“To address distress migration, 150 days of employment has been ensured in all blocks of Nuapada district and six blocks of Bolangir from 2013-14 to 2015-16. The State Government is bearing the cost of additional 50 days in these districts. Similarly, for drought mitigation, the State Government has provided additional 50 days of work, over and above 150 days of employment and additional 30% wages to workers in drought affected blocks from State’s own funds,” added Patnaik.

MGNREGS has been used extensively in drought mitigation efforts like creation of water harvesting structures and conservation of existing water bodies. Convergence of the scheme has led to creation of durable assets including rural housing, construction of playgrounds in every Panchayat, plantations, and as many as 1,155 Angwanwadi centres.

Cooperation amongst stakeholders and effective action from all is critical for the success of MGNREGS and must complement the efforts of the Government.

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