Tripura retains top spot for providing jobs under Rural Scheme

Tripura retains top spot for providing jobs under Rural Scheme

AGARTALA: Left-ruled Tripura retained its top position for the seventh consecutive year in providing jobs under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) – a staggering 94.46 person days per household in fiscal 2015-16 against the national average of 48.51 days.

According to a performance report of the Union Rural Development Ministry, Mizoram and Sikkim were second and third by providing 68.55 and 66.97 days of jobs in the fiscal. In sharp contrast Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur were at the very bottom among India's 29 states by providing only 27.47 and 15.65 days of jobs.

The MGNREGA was introduced in February 2006 by the then Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government. It mandates 100 days of work in a financial year to at least one member of each rural household but this has never been achieved in any state. The scheme aims to generate rural assets and create rural infrastructure like roads.

Tripura and other Northeastern states' repeated success in providing jobs is attributed by experts to the lack of any other such scheme in these states. Timely allocation and release of the central share of funds under MGNREGA is also a big issue in the Northeast.

According to Tripura University's Rural Management and Development Department head Jayanta Choudhury, "good governance, efficient implementation and work-wise and ward-wise good monitoring gas contributed to the success of MGNREGA."

Various political parties, including Tripura's Communist Party of India-Marxist, have been demanding that the person days be increased from 100 to 150 in a year.

(Source: Agencies)

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