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Assam shines in MGNREGA works


NEW DELHI, June 28 - The Assam Government has performed commendably in the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA, according to a performance report released by Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation, Birender Singh.

As per the performance report card of Assam, 16.68 lakh households demanded employment, out of which 15.13 lakh were provided with employment. The report said that 45,780 households were provided at least 100 days of employment. At least 33 per cent average person days per household were given in the State.

About special initiatives undertaken by Assam, the report said that for optimum impact and bringing out transformation in rural areas, five kinds of works were undertaken in convergence with the line departments in each block of the State. All the schemes were completed in the same year and ceremonially inaugurated, the report added.

The report said that altogether 2,28,400 works were started since the inception of the programme, out of which 137,153 were completed. According to the report, 78 per cent works were started since the inception of the programme, while only one per cent work was started in 2015-16.

The Assam Government had undertaken various works under NRM, including construction of earthen dams, stop dams, check dams, contour trenches, boulder checks, gabion structures, spring shed development, micro and minor irrigation works and creation, renovation and maintenance of irrigation canals and drains.

The State�s performance on public works relating to natural resources management as per the report is also noteworthy. In water conservation, 331 projects were completed out of 876, even as three out of nine watershed management works were completed. At least 359 irrigation works out of 1,077 were also completed. In the matter of traditional water bodies, however, the State lagged with only 194 works completed.

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