The scheme was launched by the United Progressive Alliance government from Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh on February 2, 2006. The Congress organised an event in Anantapur yesterday to mark the 10th anniversary of the scheme, which was addressed by former prime minister Manmohan Singh and party vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Gandhi also interacted with the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) workers and activists. Rural Development Minister Birender Singh, who addressed an event  in the national capital to mark the 10 years of the MGNREGS, said the scheme has been infused with a major dynamism by the NDA government.

"The Rs.33,000 crore allocation for the scheme in 2015-16 increased to almost Rs.37,000 crore. Ninety-four percent of the money for MGNREGS work has already been disbursed to the states", the minister said.

"Over eight crore families have been given employment under MGNREGA scheme, and we plan to target 11 crore families next year", he added.

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