Kolkata: Purulia and Jalpaiguri districts, one hit by Maoist insurgency and the other affected by separatist demands for Gorkhaland respectively, have provided maximum days of employment under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in West Bengal.
The districts have provided 64 days of jobs under the 100-day job scheme as against the state average of 45 days.
"Apart from Purulia and Jalpaiguri, good number of jobs were provided in Birbhum (56), Burdwan (55), North 24-Parganas (54), South Dinajpur (53) and West Midnapore (52) districts," Joint Secretary in State Panchayat and Rural Development department Liakat Ali told reporters.
Officials said Rs 2110.40 crore was spent on jobs under NREGA this year which was Rs 940.39 crore last year.
Jalpaiguri district spent the maximum amount at Rs 201.5 crore and Howrah district spent the lowest of Rs 14 crore.
Villagers living in Howrah which is predominantly urban, got the least number of 15 days jobs under NREGA, he said adding that the number of people getting jobs in Hooghly (30), South 24-Parganas (29) and Murshidabad (29) is low.
A total of 34.75 lakh households got jobs in the schemes in West Bengal where maximum 3.6 lakh households got jobs in Murshidabad district and the lowest 55,921 households got job in Howrah district.