Government of India to give employment to over four crore households

February 18th, 2009 - 4:38 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): The government has proposed to benefit more than four crore households under its flagship programme of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme till the end of March in the current financial year.
Rural Development Minister Dr Raghuvansh Prasad Singh declared in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that 27 lakh households have been given employment for hundred days in the first phase, 36 lakh more households in the second phase and 27 lakh households till now in the third phase in the implementation of the scheme.
He further informed that the average number of days of employment provided to each household was 43 days in the first phase and 42 days in the second phase and 41 days in the third phase till the end of January this year.
According to a data, 49 per cent women, 30 per cent Scheduled Castes and 25 per cent Scheduled Tribes have been benefited by the scheme so far.
However, the average days of employment are much lesser than the guaranteed hundred days.
Speaking on the issue, Prasad assured that the government is making constant efforts to generate greater awareness among the rural households about their legal right of hundred days of employment every year under the scheme and has introduced Rozgar Jabrookta Puraskar to promote effective implementation of the programme. (ANI)

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