Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Centre has so far released Rs. 5,603 crore to various States under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and the expenditure on the implementation of the ambitious programme has been Rs. 2,595 crore.

Talking to reporters after reviewing the performance of the States in implementing the rural development programmes, Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said Rs. 824 crore had been released to Andhra Pradesh and an expenditure of Rs. 165 crore had been reported. Against the release of Rs. 41 crore to Gujarat, the amount spent was Rs. 27 crore. Karnataka spent Rs. 46 crore of the Rs. 113 crore released.

Madhya Pradesh received Rs. 1,166 crore but spent only Rs. 835 crore. Tamil Nadu spent Rs. 6.82 crore against Rs. 98 crore. Kerala had not reported the expenditure though it had received Rs. 21.79 crore.

Mr. Singh said that under the NREGA, a total of 3,39,219 works had been taken up of which 1,10,000 works were completed. He stressed upon the States to ensure strict vigilance so that the muster rolls were maintained and people's participation, accountability and fairness highlighted at all levels.