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Women more attracted to NREGS in M’laya
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 1:
Published on 2 Jul. 2009 12:05 AM IST
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National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) has attracted more women in the matrilineal state of Meghalaya. The participation of women could be visible at 60 to 80 per cent, while the participation of male workers is low under NREGS, the annual report of NREGS in Meghalaya for 2007-08 stated. State Community and Rural Development Minister Martin M Danggo tabled the report at the Assembly on Wednesday. Pointing out that the NREGS had failed to attract skilled labour due to low-wage rate, the report said a time motion study to determine the value of wage rates in different regions of the state was yet to take place. The objective of the NREG is to enhance the livelihood security of the people in rural areas by generating wage employment through works that develop the infrastructure base of that area. Of the 5,951 census villages, 4,126 had been covered under Meghalaya Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes Phase 1 and 2 districts in the state. The major setback in timely implementation of the rural employment schemes was also due to shortage of technical assistants and non-availability of Gram Shayak, the report said. Stating that workers receiving timely wages were crucial, the report said the government was making all efforts to make payment to all wage earners through banks and post offices for more transparency and effective payment of wages. In order to improve the flow of information from the grassroots level to the district and the state and union government, the reports stressed on the need to strengthen the Information and Communication Technology to ensure smooth implementation of management information system.

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