Patna: Bihar Rural Development Minister Nitish Mishra on Wednesday accepted that there are 20 lakh duplicate job cards under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) in the state.

Accepting the irregularities in the Central Government’s flagship scheme, MNREGS, the minister said that the state government has conducted the verification of job cards on its own.

Nitish Mishra said, “The irregularities in MNREGS will be sorted out by May.” Till now, a total of 1.27 crore job cards have been distributed to the labourers, added the state Rural Development Minister.  

Replying to the question raised by BJP MLA Sanjay Sarawgi during the Question Hour in Bihar Assembly, state Rural Development Minister said that whenever the irregularities have surfaced, the stringent action is being taken against the guilty.

The minister said, “A village head was sent to jail in this regard. In some cases, the irregularities have unearthed, thanks to the technical snag.”

According to Nitish Mishra, the MNREGS wages will be paid to the labourers through banks from June 1st to make the system transparent. The statements of job cards are also being provided to the labourers who have worked, informed the minister.

A total of Rs 70 lakh has been recovered from the duplicate job card holders after verifying the documents, opined Nitish Mishra.


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