Purulia district in West Bengal, where Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had said, people are worse off than those in Orissa's poorest Kalahandi area, has since turned the corner.
The district has provided maximum jobs under NREGA in West Bengal making a dramatic turnaround ever since Rahul ticked it off as the worst NREGA performer.
Purulia has provided the highest number of 39 days of employment to 1.49 lakh families till December last year. A total of 1319 families have got 100 days of jobs, district administration officials said.
"Around Rs 70.19 crore has been spent behind wage and durable assets creation. It was achieved by a team work of administrative officials, political functionaries and demand for work by the villagers," district magistrate of Purulia Avanindra Singh told PTI.
"Planning, fast payment of wages, transparency, regular monitoring, awareness building among villagers by government and civil society groups and innovation has brought the achievement," he said.
Purulia is chronically plagued with poverty, Maoist insurgency and its high percentage of backward and tribal population is prone to migration of people for work.
Gandhi had visited the district in April 2009 for an election campaign.