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.