More than 20,000 people have already registered in Kottayam
NREGP to be launched in district on April 1
Programme to be implemented by local bodies
KOTTAYAM: The National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP), to be launched in the district on April 1, has received overwhelming response. More than 20,000 people have already registered their names for the programme.
“We do not think the wage structure would be a hindrance to the success of the project in Kerala,” says Mathew A. Mathai, Poverty Alleviation Project Director. Daily wages of Rs.125 (for labourers under NREGP projects) may not be attractive compared to the higher wage structure in Kerala. However, this is taken as an additional income by the marginal sections. They get this pay when they do not go for other jobs. The experience in districts where we had introduced the NREGP earlier, is that women labourers find this wage structure attractive,” he said.
The registration campaign commenced on March 17 and the three-day campaign was conducted at various centres in the district.
The programme will be implemented by the local bodies.
The works include water conservation, drought proofing, irrigation canal construction, renovation of traditional water bodies and improving road access.
Irrigation projects to benefit the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, those who had received land through land redistribution and the beneficiaries of Indira Awaz Yojana will also be taken up as part of the NREGP.
The project will guarantee 100 employment days a year to the registered marginal family. One-third of the benefits has been earmarked for women, All the works would be done under the directive of the concerned grama sabha. It will be implemented by the grama panchayat.
With just a week left for the launch, the works are nearing completion.
Registered unskilled labourers are being given photo identity cards. This is done at the block level. Eligible persons may register their names at the respective grama panchayat offices, Mr. Mathai said.