New Delhi: Strange are the ways and activities in Uttar Pradesh. When the entire world follows a calendar which has 365 days, the one in UP has more than 400 days.

This has been revealed in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) calendar in the state, where persons employed under the scheme have worked for more than 400 days a year and were even paid for their ‘hard work.’

Notably, the MNREGA aims at enhancing the livelihood security of people in rural areas by guaranteeing hundred days of wage-employment in a financial year to a rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.

In this regard, the Central Employment Guarantee Council (CEGC) has already submitted its report to Union Rural and Development Minister Jairam Ramesh.

CEGC member Sanjay Dikshit in his report has given detailed information about 30 such villages and has also mentioned that more than 90 percent of job card holders are still jobless.

The report said officers, Gram Pradhans, workers of ruling party together are responsible for this major glitch.

When Dikshit started his investigation on the basis of data available with the Union Rural and Development Ministry and Uttar Pradesh state, he found that payments have been made in 30 districts under fake master role.

According to the investigation, many residents of Sultanpur district under the MNREGA scheme had worked for 403 days. Same is the case with people of Saidpur and Sadat block of Ghazipur district who have worked for more than 100 days under the scheme. And payments have been made against working for more than 330 days.

List of such working days in different districts includes 231 days in Jaunpur, 150 days in Mahoba, 241 days in Mirzapur, 159 days in Sonbhadra and 233 days in Faizabad.    

JPN/ Bureau