So­cial au­dit manda­tory for job scheme

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - DOWN TO EARTH

THE LAST gov­ern­ment's flag­ship scheme, the Ma­hatma Gandhi Na­tional Em­ploy­ment Guar­an­tee Act (MGNREGA), is set to see some changes un­der the rul­ing NDA gov­ern­ment. The Union Min­istry of Ru­ral Devel­op­ment has de­cided to fo­cus on so­cial au­dit and cre­ate durable as­sets at block and district lev­els un­der the pro­gramme. The min­istry has in­structed the states to fo­cus on so­cial au­dit. The Cen­tre will pro­vide tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance for the au­dit un­der a spe­cial project that will be op­er­a­tional till 2017, and will bear the en­tire ex­pen­di­ture. The project will cost an es­ti­mated ` 46 crore a year to the Cen­tral ex­che­quer.

JI­TEN­DRA / CSE

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