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No dearth of work under MGNREGA: Tripura Dy CM

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AGARTALA, Jan 31 - Tripura Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma has said that there is no dearth of work under the national flagship programme, MGNREGA, amid allegations that large-scale starvation prevails in the rural areas of the State.

As many as 38.05 man-days on an average have been generated under the MGNREGA till January 28, whereas it was only 33.68 man-days earlier, Dev Varma told media persons at his office here today.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that altogether 206.76 lakh man-days have been generated till January 28 and maximum work was carried out in the tribal-dominated areas. �Around 77 per cent work was done in the tribal-dominated areas to provide jobs to poor tribal people,� he said.

He further revealed that the Centre had allocated 2 crore man-days for the current fiscal and one crore more man-days have been sanctioned lately so that the poor could get jobs under the MGNREGA.

In 2016-17, around 80 man-days were generated, while the figure fell down to 34 man-days during the 2017-18 fiscal. �There is no scope of corruption or malpractice now,� he maintained.

The Deputy Chief Minister said the State Government has decided to carry out a study on assets creation under the MGNREGA so far. The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala, has been requested to undertake the study.

Meanwhile, the CPI(M) has expressed serious concern over the alleged shortage of food and work in rural areas, especially in the tribal-dominated areas of the State, during the past eight months. �An average 30 to 32 man-days have been provided to job card holders under the MGNREGA so far. Payment is also scarce under the scheme, leading to a starvation-like situation in the tribal council areas,� he alleged.

Das, who is a CPI(M) central committee member, also expressed concern that former Chief Minister and Opposition leader Manik Sarkar was �prevented from visiting some starvation-hit areas in Dhalai district�.

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No dearth of work under MGNREGA: Tripura Dy CM

AGARTALA, Jan 31 - Tripura Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma has said that there is no dearth of work under the national flagship programme, MGNREGA, amid allegations that large-scale starvation prevails in the rural areas of the State.

As many as 38.05 man-days on an average have been generated under the MGNREGA till January 28, whereas it was only 33.68 man-days earlier, Dev Varma told media persons at his office here today.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that altogether 206.76 lakh man-days have been generated till January 28 and maximum work was carried out in the tribal-dominated areas. �Around 77 per cent work was done in the tribal-dominated areas to provide jobs to poor tribal people,� he said.

He further revealed that the Centre had allocated 2 crore man-days for the current fiscal and one crore more man-days have been sanctioned lately so that the poor could get jobs under the MGNREGA.

In 2016-17, around 80 man-days were generated, while the figure fell down to 34 man-days during the 2017-18 fiscal. �There is no scope of corruption or malpractice now,� he maintained.

The Deputy Chief Minister said the State Government has decided to carry out a study on assets creation under the MGNREGA so far. The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala, has been requested to undertake the study.

Meanwhile, the CPI(M) has expressed serious concern over the alleged shortage of food and work in rural areas, especially in the tribal-dominated areas of the State, during the past eight months. �An average 30 to 32 man-days have been provided to job card holders under the MGNREGA so far. Payment is also scarce under the scheme, leading to a starvation-like situation in the tribal council areas,� he alleged.

Das, who is a CPI(M) central committee member, also expressed concern that former Chief Minister and Opposition leader Manik Sarkar was �prevented from visiting some starvation-hit areas in Dhalai district�.

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