Chhattisgarh No 1 in providing employment under MGNREGA

West Bengal holds second rank, Assam and Bihar third, and Odisha fourth

MGNREGA involves employing people for local public works such as road-building, well-digging and reforestation. Photo: PTI

The Chhattisgarh government said on Saturday the state ranks first in the country for providing employment under MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act).

Chhattisgarh has created employment of 16.06 crore man-days so far in 2020-21, against the target of 15 crore man-days set by the Centre, the state said.

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More than 107 per cent of the given target for providing employment under MGNREGA has been achieved so far this year, with more than two weeks left for the completion of the financial year, the statement said.

West Bengal holds the second rank with 105 per cent, Assam and Bihar jointly hold the third rank (104 per cent) and Odisha holds the fourth rank (with 103 per cent completion), the statement said.

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More than 2,617 crore were paid in wages to MGNREGA workers from April 2020 to February 2021, it said.

At more than 131 per cent of the given target, Bilaspur district was at the forefront in the state in terms of employment generation.

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