Ranchi, Sep 22 (UNI) Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh today attributed lack of transparency and people's participation to the tardy progress of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in Jharkhand.
Talking to reporters here, Mr Singh said the NREGA could bring a smile to the faces of the people.
Mr Singh emphasised on making people aware about the NREGA and said about Rs 2500 crore would be spent for providing 100-day job to all the BPL people of the state.
Expressing satisfaction over implementation of the Act in Simdega Pakur and Jamshedpur districts, Mr Singh said appointments of ''Rojgar Sevaks'' would also expedite its implementation.
Referring to construction of check dams and ponds in rural areas, the Union Minister said at least 64,000 ponds should be built in 32,000 villages to meet the demand of water for irrigation and farming.
Speaking about other welfare schemes, he said old-age pensions were also distributed among the people aged above 65 years.
He said about 26,000 self-help groups had been formed in the state so far, adding it should increase to 2.5 lakh.