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Jobs for Rural India, NREGA’s Plan Ahead

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With National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in place, more than 2.69 lakh people have been recruited by the state governments for providing vital assistance for the implementation. INR 39,000 crores have already been spent during the last three years.

Rural development officials say number of people getting employment would go up further over the next few months with the implementation of job guarantee scheme, which for the first time guarantees a minimum of 100 days of wage employment to each of the rural poor families.

Majority of the recruitments happen at gram panchayat-level for Gram Rozgar Sahayak, who assists the head of the gram panchayat in implementation of the scheme. NREGA stipulates that atleast 50% of works need to be executed by gram panchayats. As many as 2.3 lakh Rozgar Sahayaks or assistants at village levels have joined the state governments workforce on contract basis.

Significant number of engineers or technical assistants have also been appointed at block-level. The latest government figure says 38,619 engineers, mostly diploma holders, have joined the NREGA implementation team across states. Due to extensive use of information technology, 8,519 computer assistants at district-level and 1,040 IT managers have also been roped in for NREGA. For grievance redressal, 2,918 coordinators have joined the huge NREGA workforce across all the 615 districts in the country. Besides, 1,657 works managers and 701 accounts managers at district-levels have also been taken into the workforce.

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