New Delhi: The Central Government has increased wages under its flagship scheme MNREGS in the range from Rs 14-Rs 21 in different states in the run up to 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh presented the revised wages under MNREGS in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. The revised wages based on agricultural labourer cost index will be effective from April 1.

The government has brought the MNREGS labourers at par with agricultural labourers by linking the wages. Now, the Haryana labourers’ daily wages will increase by Rs 21 to Rs 214.

In Uttar Pradesh, the MNREGS labourers will get Rs 142, while labourers in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh will be less benefitted from this revision as their wages have been hiked by Rs 14. Sources said that the revision in MNREGS wages will cost the government exchequer Rs 650 crore.

Jairam said that for the first time MNREGS wages were revised in July, 2011 and the amendment to the provisions got approved by the Parliament in the same year. And the revised wages were implemented in April, 2012, added Jairam. The Rural Development Minister informed that the MNREGS wages will get revised automatically every year.

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