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Expanded to 74 more village panchayats in Madurai district

MADURAI: The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) was expanded to 74 more village panchayats in the district on Friday.

With this third phase of implementation, the rural job scheme is operational in 212 of the 431 village panchayats.

It is being implemented by the District Rural Development Agency.

A Union Government’s flagship project, it provides Rs.80 for seven hours of manual labour.

Use of machines, contractors and middlemen is banned in the scheme.

“In this phase, Rs. 4.51 crore was the total estimate of the projects taken up. While in the first phase, work commenced in 65 panchayats, in the second, works were taken up in another 73,” said S.S. Jawahar, Collector. In a statement issued here on Friday, he said that the total estimate of the works taken up under the scheme in the 212 village panchayats was Rs. 14 crore.

On Friday alone, 11,271 persons — 1,907 men and 9,364 women — belonging to 10,149 families turned up for work. In the last seven weeks since the scheme became operational, a sum of Rs. 76.23 lakh had been given as salary.

A total of 1,11,296 mandays of work had been generated under the scheme, he said. Project Officer of DRDA, Anshul Mishra, said that of the 11,271 persons who turned up on Friday, 3,352 belonged to Scheduled Castes.

“Around 50 per cent of the 431 village panchayats in the district have been covered under the scheme. Given the availability of funds, works would be taken up in the remaining at the earliest.”

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