Gorakhpur (UP), Dec 26 (ANI): Successful execution of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur district has stopped the rural masses from migrating to urban areas.
Earlier, rural people were forced to migrate to cities in search of work, but now the NREGA has enabled them to find work in their villages and remain with their families.
"After the implementation of the NREGA in our village, we don't have to go to the cities in search of work. There are many types of work that we do here, which include digging roads and working in brick factories and drains. This scheme has helped us a lot; now we can manage our families and farmland while working here in our village," said Murataza Hussain, a villager.
He added that the NREGA's provision of employment opportunities is also a welcomed safeguard against food insecurity.
The NREGA guarantees equal opportunity employment, enabling women to work, as well.
"The implementation of the NREGA has helped my fellow villagers. Now they don't have to shift to the cities in search of work, they get employment over here now. There are 360 employment cards that have been issued in this village alone," said Indravati Devi, a village chief.
The Central Government provides gives each worker employed under the NREGA a daily wage of rupees 100.
NREGA beneficiaries have found employment in brick factories, construction of roadways and highways, and in orchards and plantations. (ANI)