TAMIL NADU

Migration slows down as job scheme offers better returns

R. Vimal Kumar

Beneficiaries save travel cost and other expenses tied up with migration and increase savings

Tuticorin: Slowing down distress migration of people from rural areas in the district in search of jobs, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, launched this fiscal, has provided financial relief to villagers at a time of peaking inflation.

Official sources said that the district, till June 3, received Rs. 9.7 crore (Rs 9.4 crore from the Centre and Rs. 30 lakh from State Government) to provide employment under the scheme. Administrative sanction had been given for works such as desilting of supply channels, deepening of ponds and strengthening of road shoulders at 61 places in 60 village panchayats spread over 12 blocks.

District Rural Development Agency sources said that 1,70,493 people from 98,425 rural households spread over 408 village panchayats had registered their names seeking employment under the scheme till June 3.

The beneficiaries feel the scheme had some distinct advantages vis-À-vis jobs procured after migration to far off areas. Since jobs are provided within the village panchayats of residence, they are able to save travel cost and other expenses tied up with migration, thereby increasing their savings considerably.

The DRDA sources said that efforts were being taken to enrol more persons under the ambit of NREGS to provide maximum guaranteed employment opportunities to families that might otherwise opt for migration.

Those willing to do unskilled manual work could register their names under the scheme by submitting the applications in plain paper to the respective village panchayat administration.

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