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NREGA to be named after Mahatma Gandhi

Last Updated: Friday, October 2, 2009 - 00:48

New Delhi: The Centre`s flagship
National Rural Employment Gurantee Act will be named after
Mahatma Gandhi.

An announcement to this effect is expected to be made
by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow on the occassion of
Gandhi Jayanti.

A decision to name NREGA after Mahatma Gandhi was
taken at a meeting of the union cabinet today.

Government sources said the cabinet has given in-
principle approval to the move and a Bill is likely to be
brought in the winter session of Parliament which is expected
to begin in the second week of next month.

Sources said that henceforth the Act is likely to be
known as Mahatma National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
(MNREGA).

NREGA is one of flagship programmes of the
Congress-led UPA government in its first term and its scope,
which was earlier limited to 200 districts, has been extended
to cover the entire country.

Prime Minister is going to Rajasthan tomorrow where he
is to commemorate the completion of 50 years of panchayati
raj.

A national convention has also organised here by the
Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj to
commemorate the completion of 50 years of panchayati raj.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president
Sonia Gandhi, who had taken the initiative in bringing NREGA,
will address the convention.

During the convention, those elected representatives
of panchayats who have served for more than 25 years will be
honoured.

The ministry claims positive trends have been noted
in four years of implementation of NREGA.

Under the Act, 4.5 crore rural households were
provided employment and 216.01 crore persondays were generated
during the financial year 2008-09.

In the current financial year till July, 2.53 crore
households have been provided work and 87.09 crore persondays
have been generated, according to an assessment done by the
ministry.

According to the ministry, NREGA has provided
employment, particularly to marginalised groups, with the
participation percentage of the members of Scheduled Caste and
Scheduled Tribe being 55 per cent during 2008-09 and 53 per
cent in the current fiscal upto July this year.

Women`s participation has surpassed the statutory
minimum limit of 33 per cent.

In the financial year 2008-09, the percentage of women
taking up work under NREGA was 48 and in the current fiscal,
women`s participation has been recorded at about 52 percent.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 2, 2009 - 00:48
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