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Rural jobs scheme to now include construction of houses,toilets

MGNREGA promises 100 days of employment to each rural household every year.

Written by Ruhi Tewari | New Delhi |
December 17, 2013 1:22:31 am

In an attempt to bring back some of the initial appeal of its flagship job guarantee scheme ahead of the Lok Sabha polls due next year,the government has decided to include construction of houses for the poor as a permissible activity under the programme,while also giving Rs 10,000 for construction of individual toilets for all job card holders.

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) promises 100 days of employment to each rural household every year.

The Rural Development ministry,which oversees the implementation of the scheme,has announced amendments to some Schedules of the Act,which among other things,will bring in “housing for rural households living in a kutcha house and not having any other pucca structure” as a permissible work under the scheme. Further,every job card holder will now be entitled to an individual toilet and the contribution goes up from the current Rs 4,500 to Rs 10,000.

“Anybody who has a job card… you may be APL,but if you don’t have a toilet at your home,you will get Rs 10000 under MGNREGA for constructing a toilet… What we are doing is we are expanding the universe of people who can build toilets,” rural development minister Jairam Ramesh said on Monday while announcing the changes.

Some other changes include bringing in construction of buildings for women SHG federations as a permissible activity.

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