Implementation of NREGA in Meghalaya

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New Delhi, Apr 25 (UNI) In Meghalaya, under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), a total of 0.83 lakh households demanded employment and all of them were provided employment up to Feb 2007, an official statment said today.

NREGA which was initially launched during 2006-07 in three districts and has further been extended to three more districts in the current financial year.

The number of person days of employment provided in the state is 19.42 lakh. The average person days of employment provided in a district is 9.71 lakh compared to the national average of 36.47 lakh person days. Of them, 21.63 per cent are provided to women, 0.09 per cent to SC and 83.17 per cent to members of ST.

The employment was provided on 164 works, out of which four works have been completed. The average number of works taken up in a district stood at 82 against the national average of 3,581. The average number of households provided employment in a district of the state was 41,483, while the national average stands at 91,685.

An amount of Rs 25.65 crore was released to the State during 2006-07. Up to February 2007, Rs 16.06 crore was utilized, which is 62.17 per cent of the total availability.

The expenditure on wages stood at 85.93 per cent, material at 12.68 per cent and on administration 1.39 per cent was spent. The average expenditure on a district came out to be Rs 8.03 crore compared to the national average of Rs 35 crore,the release added.

UNI

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