Tripura has secured the top position in implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) during the 2009-10 financial year.
The state has achieved 82 mandays of job creation which is more than the national average of 54 days. Sikkim also did well by creating 80 mandays in NREGA in the last financial year.
Rural Development minister Jitendra Chowdhury on Thursday said this has been possible due to people's participation in the national flagship programme.
He also stressed on the need to create immovable assets to boost the rural economy.
Chowdhury also criticised Centre for delay in releasing funds meant for NREGA. "Rural Development ministry had sanctioned an outlay of Rs 957 crore for 2009-10 but the state has received only Rs 725 crore. A total of Rs 232 crore is yet to be cleared," he said.
Chowdhury also said Tripura has received only Rs 400 crore of total outlay of Rs 1049 crore during the current financial year (2010-11).