During 2014-15, the govt was criticised for budget cuts and fund squeezing related to MNREGA.
GN Bureau | February 1, 2017
The government in its union budget 2017-18 has increased Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) allocation to Rs 48,000 crore, up from Rs 38,000 crore last year. Finance minister Arun Jaitley said that it is the highest ever allocation to MNREGA.
The MNREGA projects will support government's efforts towards doubling farmers’ income, Jaitley said. In 2017-18, 5 lakh ponds will be created.
The government would also geo-tag all MNREGA assets and would also use geo spatial technology in its planning, he said.
During 2014-15, the Modi government was criticised for budget cuts and fund squeezing related to MNREGA.
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