Friday, February 24, 2012

New MNREGA version aims to boost productivity

An operational guideline suggested for a radically improved version for MNREGA (Mahathma Gandhi Natonal Rural Employment Guarantee Act) call for “urgent measures” to convert the rural job scheme into a productivity-enhancing instrument, particularly in the agriculture sector. The Rural Development Minister, Mr. Jairam Ramesh who unveiled the new guideline prepared by a committee headed by the Planning Commission Member, Mr. Mihir Shah. The revised guideline for MNREGA 2.0 suggests the strengthening of the synergy between the job scheme and rural livelihoods especially agriculture and allied sectors, and respond to demands of the States for greater location flexibility in permissible works.

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