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Thursday, January 24, 2008



One of the most significant interventions by the government to generate employment has been the launch of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in February 2006 in two hundred most backward districts of the country. Consequently, the scheme was extended to another 130 districts and from April 2008 it would be operative in all districts. For the current financial year, a budget provision of Rs.12, 000 crores was made for implementation of the Act. NREGA being demand driven, so far, nearly 2.12 crore house holds have been provided with employment. Under NREGA, 6.399.55 lakh person days works have been taken up for creating village assets that would in turn enrich rural and women has considerably gone up in this wage employment programme economy. The participation of weaker sections of the society, such as SC/STs

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