Patna: Describing funds under the central
flagship programme Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Act (MNREGA) as a `flexi fund`, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Wednesday said the states were free to use the
scheme for all rural works.
"The MNGERA is a flexi fund that can be used by the
states for all types of rural development works," he said at
the release of a book `Leveraging MNREGA for Flood Control : A
Case for Police Reform in Bihar`.
The states were free to use funds allocated to them
under MNREGA as per their local needs for rural development
works keeping in mind the central scheme`s primary objective
of guaranteed employment generation for the rural and poor
people, he said.
Ramesh said he was aware that a number of states were
utilizing MNREGA funds for development of rural infrastructure
to suit their local needs and he would have no problem with
other states also doing the same.
Referring to Bihar government`s plea for utilization
of MNREGA funds for flood control measures at the grassroot
level, Ramesh said it was a `wonderful idea`.
"Let all states utilize the MNREGA funds to create
rural infrastructure to suit their local needs and the rural
development department will continue its monitoring of the
same as usual," he said.