As part of the efforts to mitigate the sufferings of daily wage workers on account of the drought situation in Villupuram district, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has ordered the extension of the number of working days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme from 100 to 150 days.

In a statement, Collector V. Sampath said the Chief Minister had already declared Villupuram as a drought-hit district and initiated several measures to provide livelihood to the workers. Under the new arrangements, those families that had already completed the stipulated working days of 100 days would be eligible to get jobs for 50 more days.

The revised schedule would be in effect from February 21 to March 31.

Therefore, the Collector has called upon the beneficiaries to approach the respective village panchayat presidents to get work orders.