Jhabua (MP): A central team will soon visit four districts of Madhya Pradesh to look into the complaints of corruption in implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said in Jhabua.

"The team would visit Jhabua, Alirajpur, Barwani and Dhar districts and examine all the works carried out under MNREGA and submit a report to me," he said at a public meeting at the Chandrashekhar Azad College Sports Ground on Friday.

Ramesh said after getting the report, he would ask the state government to take necessary action. Since the BPL list in all states had bogus names, fresh lists will be prepared by removing the names of those who do not fall under the category, he said.

It was sad that although MNREGA was meant to provide employment for 100 days in a year, most states have been able to make provision for only 50 days, the Minister said.

It was the responsibility of state governments to ensure that funds given to them under MNREGA and other Central schemes were not misused, he said. The cash transfer scheme has been launched to ensure that beneficiaries directly get the benefit of Central welfare schemes, Ramesh said.

Later, he told reporters at circuit house in Jhabua that 119 families affected by silicosis (a lung disease) in the district would be Rs 70,000 each for housing under the Indira Awas Yojana and also a monthly pension of Rs 300.


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