Tripura still leads in MG NREGS across country; state adopts booster plan
By Our Correspondent
Agartala, Nov 16, 2012 : Rural Development Minister Jitendra Chaudhury on Friday stated that Tripura is leading implementation status of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MG NREGS) across the country this financial year. “There are still few months left in completion of the current financial year and till date, average man-days generation stands at 41 in the state. We have adopted targets in accelerate the average man-days to 70 by the end of December, 2012”, the minister said at the civil secretariat here today.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference on the day, Chaudhury said that the department has conducted special review meetings with District Magistrates (DM) of all districts. The national average in generation man-days under MG NREGS this year is far lower than accomplishments of Tripura while the state had earned massive success with over 80 man-days compared to national average of 34. Tripura has currently got 6lakh 27 thousand 399 job card holders under the scheme. 2 crore 29 lakh 85 thousand 399 man-days were generated across the financial year till date.
Referring to achievements of MG NREGS, the minister said that the state government attaches equal importance to asset creation alongwith generation of man-days. The detailed report from concerned DMs last year summed up to a total of 11873 projects completed in water harvesting and conservation sector; 3040 projects in drought-proofing sector; 5,999 projects completed in micro-irrigation sector; 627 projects were completed in the sector of provisional irrigation in land plots allotted under Forest Rights Act. 3,476 projects for renovation of traditional water-bodies were completed in the similar timeframe; 70,807 land development projects were accomplished while 619 flood control projects; over 13,100 rural connectivity projects and others were accomplished under MG NREGS.
Speaking on a different context, the minister said that Tripura has currently got 47 thousand 977 Self Help Groups (SHG) which, the state government intends, to raise up to 50 thousand. Two projects for economic empowerment of rural population are currently operational, Chaudhury said. The projects are Tripura Rural Livelihood Mission and Northeastern rural Livelihood Project, he said. The minister also stated that the government would be deploying MG NREGS man-days to crate assets in Forest Department, which again would prove beneficial for promotion of eco-tourism.