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On the sug­ges­tion of the fi­nance min­istry, the change in wage cal­cu­la­tion was held back for fur­ther de­lib­er­a­tions.

“We have to build a con­sen­sus with the states on the wage cal­cu­la­tion method. The ba­sis of the change in wages –– both states’ and NREGS has also to be the same there­after,” Sinha said. The em­ploy­ment guar­an­tee scheme has set a tar­get of con­struct­ing of 5 lakh farm ponds dur­ing 2017-18 as part of its drought proof­ing plan for vil­lages. Gov­ern­ment is us­ing space tech­nol­ogy to geo-tag all NREGS as­sets and put them in pub­lic do­main to bring greater trans­parency to the scheme.

So far, over 53 lakh as­sets un­der NREGS have been geo-tagged, ac­cord­ing to ru­ral de­vel­op­ment min­istry data. The gov­ern­ment wants to tag nearly 1.27 crore as­sets over the next few months.

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