New Delhi: More than 1.79 crore households
across the country have been provided employment under the
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme
(MGNREGS) this year, the Government said on Tuesday.
As of June 30, a total of 179,43,189 families in the
country have been provided employment under MGNREGS, Minister
of State for Rural Development Pradeep Jain said in a written
reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
According to the sate-wise data presented by the
Minister, Andhra Pradesh tops the list of states where most
number of families were given employment this year, followed
by Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
While a total of 48,04,559 households in Andhra Pradesh
have benefited from the scheme, 25,01,792 families in
Rajasthan, 22,055,89 in West Bengal and 19,959,50 families in
Uttar Pradesh were given job opportunities this year.
Pointing out the reasons why this scheme has failed in
some states, the Minister said: "Mahatma Gandhi NREGA is
demand based. A job seeker has to apply for work for getting
employment under the Act."
"Feedback from states indicates that the main areas of
concern are deployment of qualified and dedicated staff at
block and gram panchayat level," Jain added.
He also said that there is need to strengthen banks and
post office in rural areas besides improving awareness about
the scheme to achieve more success.