The minister said a large number of "duplicate" job cards have been detected in Muzaffarpur (97,197), Samastipur (87,934), Patna (72,058), Purnea (60,631) and Gaya (51,147).
The minister said that it has come to light that out of 1.27 crore job cards issued, nearly 40 to 45 lakh were not operational. "In view of this discrepancy, a comprehensive verification process of job cards is under process," Mishra said.
He said the verification exercise would be completed by May end this year.
The rural development minister said verification of cards included perusing through statement of job details of payment made by post offices to beneficiaries.
He said from June this year, payment against MGNREGA work would be made through bank account.
Mishra also said a sum of Rs. 70 lakh "ghost payment" has been recovered.