Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: President of the Shimoga Zilla Panchayat Ashok Murthy said here on Thursday that the zilla panchayat had earmarked Rs. 100 crore for implementing schemes under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in the district in the current year.

Speaking after inaugurating a one-day workshop for officers and elected representatives on implementation of the schemes, he said that each gram panchayat would get Rs. 50 lakh for effective implementation of schemes under NREGA.

He said that gram panchayats authorities should take decision on schemes to be undertaken in their villages. Stress should be laid on taking up flood damage relief works and planting of saplings in the next two months, he said.

Mr. Murthy said that schemes under NREGA were being implemented in the district on priority. Loopholes in their implementation could be set right through discussions at taluk level, he said.

The main aim of the programme was to prevent migration of rural people to urban areas in search of jobs, he said.

Vice-president of taluk panchayat Shanmukhappa presided over the programme.