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5.12 crore provided jobs under rural employment scheme: Narendra Singh Tomar

Those not having Aadhaar cards will not be barred from work under the MGNREGA scheme, but the unique identification number was being encouraged, said Tomar, adding that there had been an increase in the wages under MGNREGA over the years

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: July 31, 2017 6:42 pm
Rural Development Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar, Rural Employment Schemem MGNREGA Scheme, MGNREGA, India News, Indian Express, Indian Express News Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai and Rural Development minister Narendra Singh Tomar after inaugurating the Parliament House Annexe Extension Building in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI Photo)

Over 5.69 crore households had sought employment under the MGNREGA scheme in 2016-17 and 5.12 crore of them were provided work, the government said on Monday. The figures were provided by Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar during the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha when members expressed concern over various aspects of the scheme including low wages and delay in payments.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh sought to know whether the households which had not been provided work were given unemployment allowance as per the provisions of the Act. Tomar said at times, people registered themselves for work but did not turn up later when called for and sought to assure the House that the rules were being followed.

Another Congress member Renuka Chowdhary asked what steps were being taken in cases where MGNREGA wages were not being paid on time, while referring to Telangana in this regard. Tomar said the Centre was providing adequate funds for the scheme. Of the Rs 48,000 crore, the Centre had already disbursed upto Rs 31,000 crore, he said while assuring that he would look into the matter relating to Telangana.

Responding to related queries, he said there had been an increase in the wages under MGNREGA over the years. He said the participation of women under the scheme was up to 56 per cent and of the weaker sections 40 per cent. He said that over one crore assets created under the scheme had been geo-tagged.

He said while those not having Aadhaar cards will not be barred from work under the scheme, but the unique identification number was being encouraged. Around nine crore Aadhaar cards have been linked, he said. He said that efforts were also being made to ensure that funds meant for MGNREGA are not diverted. He said that a clarification has been sought from West Bengal government regarding repair of water tanks etc under the scheme.

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  1. B
    Aug 1, 2017 at 3:47 am
    Maybe on Paper and on BJP 2019 Election manifesto only but after demonetization more than 10 crores are out of work and have no hope as long as BJP government in power.
    1. B
      Aug 1, 2017 at 12:05 am
      One more jhumla from Modi govt to fool the people. All reports suggest that in every sector job opportunities are shrinking each passing day. Well qualified IT professionals are running from pillar to post for job. Graduates, post graduates, PhDs are desperately applying for as low level jobs as cleaners and chaprasis. By voting BJP to power on fake promises people feel cheated.