NREGS to be launched in 16 more districts of Haryana tomorrow

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Chandigarh, Mar 31 (UNI) The ambitious National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) will be launched in 16 more districts of Haryana tomorrow, thus covering all the 20 districts of the state.

Special programmes will be organised in the 16 districts where the scheme will be launched, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dharambir Singh, who is attached to the Chief Minister for Rural Development Department, said.

Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Raghuvir Singh Kadian would launch the scheme in Jhajjar district, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Karnal and Ministers in the remaining districts.

Initially the scheme was implemented in the districts of Mahendergarh and Sirsa with effect from February 2, 2006. It was extended to all Gram Panchayats of two more districts of Ambala and Mewat from April 1, 2007.

Mr Dharambir Singh said that the scheme aimed at enhancing security of livelihood in rural areas by providing guaranteed wage employment of atleast 100 days in a financial year to every household, whose adult members volunteered to do unskilled mannual work.

The scheme was being funded by the Central Government to the tune of 90 per cent and the State Government's share was 10 per cent.

He said that the scheme was being implemented in rural areas and one third of jobs were reserved for women. The minimum wage as applicable in the state were payable to the persons employed under the scheme.

He said that the scheme was being implemented through gram panchayats who have been authorised to sanction the annual action plan.


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