MGNREGA spending low, but state govt trying to meet targets: Minister

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2015 11:23 IST

Rural development and Panchayati Raj minister Surendra Goyal on Tuesday conceded that the funds spent on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) had decreased but the state government was trying to meet the employment targets this year.

He was responding to a question raised by Bharatiya Janta Party ( BJP) legislator Rao Rajendra Singh during the Question Hour.

Goyal said the MNREGA was a demand- based scheme and the targets kept fluctuating as per the availability of manpower.

Not satisfied with the reply, Singh raised the issue of convergence of MNREGA with other departments.

He asked the minister whether there was any scheme to fully utilise the funds received under the scheme. He said some of the departments were apathetic towards the convergence and demanded action against such departments.

Goyal said the government had studied the Madhya Pradesh model of convergence.

He said a delegation comprising union rural development and panchayati raj minister, ministers from other states and officials had visited the state and their suggestions had been sought in this direction.

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