Gadkari makes 'sweeping' changes to rural job scheme
The Centre has directed all district-level functionaries to undertake 50 per cent of all works under the rural job guarantee scheme, MGNREGA, on water conservation works, such as check dam construction, de-silting of traditional water bodies, minor irrigation tanks and canals. Terming the changes being made by Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari as ‘sweeping’, an official release on Tuesday said this was being done to mitigate a drought-like situation as well as create more productive assets under the scheme. Gadkari said as these works required a combination of wage labour and machinery, the percentage on skilled component had been increased up to 49 per cent.
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