Guwahati, Mar 5 (UNI) The Assam Assembly today witnessed noisy scenes during discussion on the implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in the state in the Question Hour.
Replying to questions on the NREGA implementation, State Panchayat and Rural Development Department Minister Chandan Brahma said the scheme was being implemented in its true spirit, benefiting the poor rural masses.
The Opposition legislators, however, claimed that massive corruption was going on in name of allocation of job cards under NREGA, with middlemen and contractors being involved in the scheme.
Mr Brahma, however, refuted the allegations and asked the Opposition to bring any discrepancy if present to his notice and assured of action against any person found erring in the implementation of the NREGA.
He informed that 14 districts of the state that were not covered by the NREGA till 2007-08 would be brought under the scheme from coming fiscal, thereby extending the benefits of the scheme to all districts of the state.
The minister further informed that of the total Rs 72,883.93 lakh available for NREGA implementation during 2007-08 (up to January 2008), Rs 34,223.44 lakh had been spent.
For the year 2005-06, of the total Rs 25,147.79 lakh made available, Rs 10,519.65 lakh was spent, where as for 2006-07, Rs 57,987.40 lakh was spent of the available Rs 70,772.10 lakh.
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