National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme helps Chattisgarh villagers

April 15th, 2009 - 9:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Raipur, Apr. 15 (ANI): The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) mooted by the Union Government has ushered a windfall for many deprived villagers in Chattisgarh.

This ambitious NREGS programme was launched in 2006 to provide employment to the unemployed and landless villagers.

For instance, this scheme has benefitted the residents of Kanchanpur village in Koriya district of Chhattisgarh to a great extent.

Evident are the instances of these villagers being regularly employed as such their worries over hunting for jobs elsewhere have been literally erased.

Now they don’t have to venture out for their daily bread anymore.

They are harnessing their productive potential to the hilt and are getting at least hundred days of employment, the output of which is dedicated to the overall rural development of their very own region.

“Now we don’t need to go elsewhere in search of work. We are getting work in our village. This way, we are making earning enough for our livelihood,” said Siyaram Yadav, a villager.

Under this scheme many other villagers in Koria district are being ensured of employment in various categories like land development, rural connectivity, water conservation and water harvesting among others.

“Under the rural employment scheme, we are focusing on activities like land levelling, construction of wells, digging of new ponds. In afforestation category, we are providing employment in agriculture and horticulture activities,” Koriya District Panchayat CEO P Anbalgan said.

Ahead of the elections, the government is making constant efforts to generate greater awareness among the rural folks about their legal right of hundred days of employment every year under the scheme of NREGS. (ANI)

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