Nagapattinam and Villupuram districts will receive the national award for best performance under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

The award is being given for the year 2008-2009. In total, 24 districts in 15 States will receive the award, of which 9 States will get the award for two districts each.

For 2007-2008, Dindigul, Sivaganga and Cuddalore were chosen. After the launch of the scheme in February 2006, it was extended to the entire State in three phases. So far, a sum of Rs. 2,939.19 crore has been disbursed as wages in the State.

At a function in New Delhi on Tuesday, M. Jayaraman and R. Palaniswamy, District Collectors of Nagapattinam and Villupuram, would receive the award.