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po­ten­tial of a wa­ter­body. Since his re­turn from Su­rat, where he worked as an ace tailor, he has been dig­ging ponds. These days, he is busy de­silt­ing an an­cient pond in his vil­lage along with 120 oth­ers who too have re­turned from var­i­ous parts of the coun­try fol­low­ing the lock­down. “The pond lay in ru­ins. Now, our fu­ture de­pends on its re­vival,” says Ram­braj.

There has been a clear shift in the works se­lected un­der MGN­REGA this year. In just four months, MGN­REGA has sur­passed last year’s na­tional records on most of nat­u­ral re­sources man­age­ment (NRM) re­lated works, which in­cludes soil and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, ground­wa­ter recharge, ir­ri­ga­tion and drainage re­lated works, plan­ta­tion and land re­lated works. Be­tween April 2019 and March 2020, some 0.55 mil­lion NRM works were un­der­taken un­der MGN­REGA. As many as 0.61 mil­lion works have been com­pleted be­tween April and July this year (see ‘Emer­gence of nat­u­ral cap­i­tal’, Some of the pop­u­lar wa­ter har­vest­ing struc­tures have been farm ponds and dug wells, which as­sure ir­ri­ga­tion to in­di­vid­ual farms.

Of­fi­cials elim­i­nate red-tapism, co­or­di­nate for more works to ac­com­mo­date de­mand

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