Govt planning NREGA-type scheme for urban poor
Buoyed by the success of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme, the Government is mulling an NREGA-type poverty alleviation programme for the urban poor.india Updated: Jun 03, 2009 15:32 IST
Buoyed by the success of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme, the Government is mulling an NREGA-type poverty alleviation programme for the urban poor.
"The government is planning such a scheme (for urban poor)," Minister of State for Planning V Narayanasamy told reporters after assuming charge of his ministry in News Delhi on Wednesday .
Under the NREGA scheme, which was launched in February 2006, the Government provides 100 days of assured employment in a year to at least one person in a rural household.
Initially launched in 200 districts, the NREGA scheme was gradually extended to cover the entire nation in 2008-09.
The new government, the minister said, would focus on infrastructure development besides pursuing the employment guarantee scheme, anti-poverty programmes and rural and urban development projects.
"The Govt will see that there is all round progress in the country," Narayanasamy said outlining the priority of the second-term of the UPA government.
Referring to the problem of diversion of funds provided by the Centre to the state governments for the centrally- sponsored schemes, the Minister said, "The UPA government would make strenuous efforts to deal with diversion of funds as well as changing the name of centrally-sponsored schemes by states.