Use MGNREGA funds to create productive assets: Abdul Haq

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Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice Abdul Haq Monday said the MGNREGA funds would be utilized for creating productive assets in the rural areas instead of squandering the same on unproductive works, as was the practice in the past.
He said this while reviewing physical and financial achievements in the rural development sector in district Budgam. Abdul Haq said he will not allow construction of protection bunds, drains and lanes henceforth which usually benefited few influential people in villages in past, but will utilize MGNREGA funds for improving connectivity in villages, flood protection works and creating assets for villages. The Minister was informed that in district Budgam, under MGNREGA, 5111 works were taken up during the current financial year which included spillover works and out of the target 3972 works stand completed at a cost of Rs 33.51 crore. Under these schemes, 9.33 lakh man-days were generated for 59830 job card holders of the district. Minister was informed that under IAY, out of the target of 1481 houses to be constructed during the last fiscal (2015-16), 878 houses were constructed for the people living Below Poverty Line (BPL) and 44.88 crore have been spent on these houses. Meeting was also informed that construction on 43 Panchayat Ghars was completed in last fiscal while work is in progress on 16 other Panchayats and Rs 9.39 crore have been spent on the project under MGNREGA and 13th FC. Under Swach Bharat Mission the department has spent Rs 7.53 crore to construct 12056 Individual Household Latrines out of the target of 13160 while 56 Community Sanitary complexes were also constructed under the scheme.

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