High Court judge D.V. Shylendra Kumar advised senior government officials to work towards strengthening the rural economy while effectively implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).

He was addressing a meeting of deputy commissioners, chief executive officers of zilla panchayats and other senior official in various departments in Belgaum revenue division, comprising Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Dharwad, Gadag and Haveri districts, organised by the Legal Services Authority here on Saturday.

Construction of nala bunds, forestry, soil and water conservation work and protection of the environment could be carried out under MNREGA, he said.