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