MGNREGA: UP received highest funds from Centre in 2020-21 | India News – Times of India


PUDUCHERRY: The Union government released Rs 1.1 lakh crore fund under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) to all states and Union territories for the financial year 2020-21, said minister of state for rural development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.
In a written reply to the queries raised by Villupuram MP D Ravikumar, the minister furnished state-wise statistics on the fund released for the fiscal year 2020-21 and person-days generated until July 16 for the fiscal year 2021-22 under MGNREGA.
Tamil Nadu, which received Rs 8,941 crore in the last fiscal, stood sixth on the list of states that received the highest central funding. Uttar Pradesh topped the list with Rs 12,257 crore followed by West Bengal (Rs 10,993 crore), Andhra Pradesh (Rs 10,365 crore), Madhya Pradesh (Rs 9,225 crore) and Rajasthan (Rs 9,129 crore).
The ministry has proposed to generate 278.3 crore person-days for the current fiscal. As of July 16, a total of 120.5 crore person-days have been generated in the current fiscal. Andhra Pradesh topped the list with 18.4 crore person-days followed by Madhya Pradesh (13.7 crore), Telangana (9.8 crore), Rajasthan (8.6 crore), West Bengal (8.3 crore) and Odisha (8 crore).
Since MGNREGA is a ‘demand-driven’ programme, the rural development ministry does not make state-wise financial allocation.
The minister said the ministry had taken adequate steps to strengthen transparency and accountability such as geo-tagging of assets, direct benefit transfer, national electronic fund management system, Aadhaar-based payment system, software for an estimate calculation using rural rates for employment and appointment of ombudsperson in every district of the states and Union territories.
The ministry has also advised the states and Union territories to set up independent social audit units, train village resource persons and hold social audits periodically.
“The responsibility of implementation of Mahatma Gandhi NREGA is vested with states/UTs. The ministry regularly reviews the performance of the implementation. The Central Employment Guarantee Council and state employment guarantee councils periodically monitor implementation of the programme,” said Jyoti.
Officials from the ministry will visit states and Union territories and undertake field visits to review the progress of the programme. They will share the shortcomings and recommendations with the states and Union territories for appropriate action.





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