As many as 1,99,408 families registered as beneficiaries
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme has registered a success story in Kollam district. Till October, 52,963 families were provided employment under the scheme utilising Rs.15.52 crore.
District Collector Devendrakumar Dhudawat said 1,99,408 families had registered as beneficiaries of the MGNREGS in the district and employment cards had been distributed to them. Of this, 21,821 were Scheduled Caste families and 921, Scheduled Tribe families.
Through the scheme, 11,19,000 man days had been created in the district. Of this, 9,74,663 man days were created by women. He said 120 families achieved the target of 100 days of work through the scheme. Under the MGNREGS, 2,108 projects were taken up in the district and 919 had been completed, Dr. Dhudawat said.
A good portion of the projects were for protection of water and ecological resources. All those who registered under the MGNREGS were entitled to 100 days' work. Dr. Dhudawat called up on grama panchayats to ensure that all BPL and Scheduled Community families were registered under the MGNREGS.
Beneficiaries completing 15 days' work under the MGNREGS could become members of the Integrated Health Insurance Scheme free of cost.
The aim of the government was to make the MGNREGS wetland based. Eighteen grama panchayats had prepared a master plan for the purpose. The Collector directed the remaining panchayats to prepare master plans at the earliest.