Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 19:
Three days after the Union government announced an increase in the number of mandays for work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in drought-hit areas from 100 to 150 days a year, the Odisha government today announced an increase in the work days for labourers under the flagship rural job guarantee scheme launched by the UPA government to 200 days a year.
The state Law and Panchayatiraj Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo made the announcement about the increase here today.
“The state government has decided to increase work days for labourers in drought-hit areas in the state and it would bear the expenses incurred on additional 50 days,” Panchayatiraj Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo said.
Notably, the state government has spent Rs 802 crore under the scheme while it has targeted to spend more than Rs.2,000 crore by the end of next fiscal.
While it has already created 2.26 crore mandays this financial year, it aims to create another 7.6 crore mandays.