Patna: In order to boost income of the rural people, Bihar government has proposed to extend work under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) on private lands too, a minister said on Thursday.

The state government has proposed to extend work under MNREGA on private land and activities aimed at assets creation of the rural people, Rural Development Minister Nitish Mishra told reporters.

The rural people can avail of wages for activities like plantation of saplings, pond construction, poultry and, goat farming, shed construction on their own land, he said. The rural people will get ownership of the assets created on their land so that their income could be supplemented, Mishra said.

Directing the MNREGA officials to implement the scheme for assets creation and empowerment of the rural people in a sincere and transparent manner, the Rural Development Minister said that all projects under execution will be inspected on the ground and strict action will be taken against anybody for dereliction of duty or corruption.

He said that actions have been taken against large number of MNREGA officials and 4211 of them have been show caused, 176 others sacked and FIR lodged against 200 officers spread over 4123 panchayats.

(Agencies)

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