Chief Minister demands early release of central share under MNREGA

Old Petterhof painting
Old Petterhof painting

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has taken up the matter with the Prime Minister for release of central share under MGNREGA for the year 2014-15 as per approved labour budget.

Virbhadra Singh has pointed out that Himachal Pradesh spent Rs. 571.22 crore in 2013-14 generating 282.47 lakhs person days which was 103 per cent of the targeted labour budget of 273.19 lakh person days. For the year 2014-15, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India had approved the labour budget of Rs. 276.80 lakhs person days.

He said that against the approved labour budget the central share amounts to Rs.670.71 crore but as per revised allocation of funds central share has been kept at Rs. 355.43 crore.

The Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister Narender Modi to release Rs. 670.71 crore as per approved labour budget pointing out that any reduction in the central allocation would adversely affect the implementation of MGNREGA in the State.