[News] MGNREGS survives here on housing schemes

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Posted on: July 12th, 2019

[News] MGNREGS survives here on housing schemes

Post News Network | orissapost.com | Updated: July 7th, 2019, 10:39 IST

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Bhadrak: Amid allegations of irregularities in MGNREGS, there has been a mismatch of data officially available and those uploaded on websites about its implementation in Bhadrak, a report said.

The labour-intensive scheme has allegedly run aground in the district. The scheme is said to be continuing to some extent due to work under housing schemes.

The MGNREGS was aimed at creating jobs for 100 days to daily wagers, but it seems the scheme has not been effective in ensuring work to the poor. The scheme has allegedly existed in records only.

It was learnt that Rs 31 crore has been spent under MGNREGS in 2018-19 in the district. Of it, Rs 23 crore has been paid to unskilled labourers towards wages and in the form of assistance. Besides, Rs 7 crore was spent towards purchase of various safety materials for labourers.

An official report says, about 80 per cent of the fund was spent on creating jobs for unskilled labourers through housing schemes.

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