New Delhi: As the Planning Commission prepares the approach paper to the 12th Five Year Plan, the Central government is all set to revamp the ambitious Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) and some of the key rural development schemes.

The Union Rural Ministry is preparing draft in this regard and presented some of the proposals during the meeting of the Planning Commission chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday.

According to sources, while the Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh highlighted the importance of MNREGS, he also laid thrust on other rural schemes.

Terming Pradhan Manti Gram Sadak Yojna as one of the most successful rural development projects, the minister proposed to increase budgetary support to the scheme.

According to the sources, he also proposed the merge Water and Hygiene schemes with the Indira Awas Yojana to extract more benefits.

Expressing discontent on the lower allocation to these schemes, he urged increase it during the next plan.

(JPN/Bureau)