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Eswarappa demands Centre allocate Rs 1,300 cr, more MNREGA man-days in K’taka


PTI, Nov 25, 2020, 6:30 PM IST

New Delhi: The Karnataka government has urged the Centre to approve 2 crore more man-days under the MNREGA scheme and at least 150 days of employment per family in 173 flood-hit taluks in the State, Rural Development Minister KS Eswarappa said on Wednesday.

The BJP-led State government also demanded an extra allocation of Rs 1,300 crore funds.

A day after meeting Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Delhi, Eswarappa said, “Tomarji responded very positively. The government has assured to sanction additional Rs 1,300 crore funds under MNREGA as well as for flood-hit taluks to provide additional days of work.”

The State government has requested the Centre to provide funds for 2 crore more person-days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MNREGA) scheme with an extra budget allocation of Rs 800 crore, he told reporters.

Against the target of 13 crore man-days set for the State, 10.50 crore person-days of employment has already been created, he said.

Besides, the State government has requested the Centre to urgently release Rs 1,119 crore for payment of material bills under the MNREGA scheme.

“The Union minister has assured that as soon as the provision utilisation certificate is received from Karnataka, the amount will be released,” the Karnataka minister said.

Eswarappa also said that the Karnataka government has requested the Centre to increase the per family employment from 100 days in a year to 150 days in 173 flood-hit taluks with additional funds of Rs 400 crore.

The state government also sought for additional 90 clusters of villages for development under the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee R-Urban Mission with the financial support of Rs 1,000 crore in the next three years, he added.

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