Shimla, April 12: Himachal Pradesh generated 240 lakh man-days under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGS) against the target of 218 lakh man-days during 2016-17. Accordingly, the state has spent a total of 625 crores against 396 crore target and achieved 108 percent of target, now able to clear all liabilities.
This was said by Himachal Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma on Tuesday. Presiding over the State level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting here, Minister Anil Sharma said that the funds of 700 crores had been got approved for the current financial year in order to generate 250 lakh man-days. He said the state was now able to clear all previous liabilities.
The Rural Development Minister further said that Rs. 500 crore project under Deen Dyal Rural Skill Scheme had been adopted by the State Government and the first installment of 133 crores has also been received. The scheme envisages to provide job oriented training for 15000 unemployed youth between 18-35 years age of BPL families during next three years. The State had already completed selection of 5400 youth for this year, he added.
The Minister at the end discussing over Swachh Bharat Mission said that the State had received first prize for being ‘Open Defecation Free’ among the big States of the Country. He said 2,02,687 toilets had been constructed in the State from 2013 to 2017 achieving 100 percent target.