Rs 37,000 cr spent on rural job scheme

Rs 37,000 cr spent on rural job scheme
The government’s spending on MGNREGA may top Rs 37,000 crore this fiscal with Rural Development Minister Birendra Singh hopeful of getting additional funds from the Finance Ministry.

Rejecting the Congress allegations of the rural job scheme being neglected, Singh said he was looking forward for a higher allocation in the Union Budget for the next fiscal.

“He (Finance Minister Arun Jaitley) has promised that we would be getting more,” the minister told a group of reporters in an informal interaction. Singh said the budgetary allocation for MGNREGA during 2015-16 was Rs 34,699 crore which was spent by December itself. “He (Jaitley) had made a promise of Rs 5,000 crore (above the budgetary allocation) of which we have received Rs 2,000 crore. If we would be requiring something more we have still two months to go,” Singh said.

“This is the highest ever budgetary support for the scheme,” the minister said. With the country facing two consecutive years of drought, the Centre had leaned on MGNREGA to generate employment in the villages. Even during the UPA years, the allocation for MGNREGA was the highest during 2010-11 and 2011-12.

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