Imphal, Mar 30: Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has stressed on proper implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), which was launched in all nine districts of the state yesterday.
Launching the scheme at Ukhrul district, the Chief Minister said every individual above 18 years will be provided job for 100 days in a year and also warned not to misuse the scheme.
Tamenglong district was among the 200 districts, selected for the scheme, across the country for the NREGS in the first phase in 2005. In the second phase, Churachandpur and Chandel districts came under the same scheme followed by other districts.
Job cards provided to each family will remain valid for five years, Mr Singh said adding that such scheme can be taken up to conserve water, protect forests, improve irrigation canals and drains and develop village roads.
Manipur Information Centre at New Delhi has informed that out of 86,458 households, who demanded employment under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), 64,458 households were provided employment during 2007-08.
Official sources at Ministry of Rural Development have said that all 20,024 households, who demanded employment in Tamenglong and 44434 households in Churachandpur district were provided employment during the period.
Of the Rs 2553.06 lakhs alloted under the programme for Manipur, Rs 2078.48 lakh was spent during the period, in which Tamenglong got 652.87 lakhs, Churachandpur Rs 1765.68 nad Chandel got Rs 134.51 lakhs. Total works under the programme were 1232 of which only two has been completed. During the period, 15.34 lakhs man days in were generated in the state, sources said.