1.47 lakh households get job cards in Haryana

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Chandigarh, Dec 24 (UNI) Over 1.47 lakh households in Haryana have been issued job cards under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and Rs 60.18 crore has been spent since its implementation.

Stating this today, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dharambir Singh said the scheme was launched in all gram panchayats of Mahendergarh and Sirsa districts on February 2,2006 and it was extended to two more districts of Ambala and Mewat in the current financial year.

He said employment of 42.46 lakh mandays had been generated in rural areas since the implementation of the scheme. Out of these, 25.75 lakh mandays were generated for members belonging to Scheduled Castes and 14.69 lakh for women.

During the current financial year, up to November, he said, an expenditure of Rs 23.94 crore has been made and 42,865 families have been provided employment under the scheme. Employment of 18.101 lakh mandays had been generated and 362 works completed, while 869 works were in progress.

Mr Singh said for the implementation of the scheme, 90 per cent of the funds were being provided by the Centre and 10 per cent by the State Government.

Mr Singh said the scheme aimed at enhancing livelihood security in rural areas by providing atleast 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members have volunteered to do unskilled manual work. The scheme was being implemented in only rural areas.

He said one-third of the jobs have been reserved for women. Those seeking employment under the scheme would have to apply for registration with the concerned Gram Panchayat. After registration, job cards would be issued to the households by the Gram Panchayats.

Minimum wages applicable in the state were being paid on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The contractors were banned under the scheme, he added.

Mr Singh said works which were permissible under the scheme included water conservation and water harvesting, drought proofing, renovation of traditional water bodies including desilting of tanks, land development,rural connectivity to provide all-weather access and any other work which might be notified by the Centre in consultation with the State Government.

UNI

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