New Delhi: United Progressive Alliance’s flagship programme Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS), which aims to provide work to each rural household for 100 days a year, seems to be falling flat in Uttar Pradesh. The state government has managed to provide jobs to only one percent rural families, while no work has been done in around 1, 500 gram panchayats out of 50, 000.

In a review meeting with top UP officials, Union Rural Development Minister, Jairam Ramesh lashed out at the lackadaisical attitude of the state government in providing 100 days jobs to the rural household.

Jiaram has given four months time to state governments to expedite their expenditure of funds allocated under MNREGS. Failing to which, their budgetary allocations under MNREGS may be curtailed.

Uttar Pradesh spent only one-third of the funds granted by the Centre in the last financial year. Out of the stipulated RS 6790 crore, the state has spent Rs 2632 crore under MNREGS.


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