Budget 2017: Govt allocates Rs 48,000 cr to MNREGA

During 2014-15, the govt was criticised for budget cuts and fund squeezing related to MNREGA.

GN Bureau | February 1, 2017


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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.

Read: Budget cuts and fund squeeze hit MNREGA in its 10th year

The FM informed the house that the government would complete the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) by 2019. At present the speed of roll out has been increased to construction of 133Km per day to 73 Km per day during 2011-14, he said.
 

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