Maharashtra has lost about Rs 6,000 crore in three financial years from 2007 due to old parameters of employment guarantee scheme, BJP’s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde. BJP’s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde. alleged that the state had not updated the parameters to facilitate a proper implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. This has resulted in the state getting only around Rs 300 crore per annum on the scheme since 2007, the BJP leader said. Munde said he had raised the issue in the Lok Sabha and the minister for rural development had promised to update parameters so that Maharashtra gets its due under NREGS. In comparison, he added, states such as Bihar and Uttar Pradesh had got Rs 2,000 crore-Rs 3000 crore per annum from the Centre under NREGS. The state discontinued its own EGS in 2007 when NREGS was introduced. While the NREGS assures 100 days of employment at the minimum wages of Rs 100 per day, the state clubbed its scheme with the Central programme for the remaining 265 days of the year. Munde said Maharashtra did not follow this up by revising the parameters to facilitate new works, he said. Bureau report – NMTV News.
January 4, 2010
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