Aadhaar mandatory for MGNREGS work from April

Aadhaar mandatory for MGNREGS work from April

New Delhi: The expenditure for the MGNREGS, which provides at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year to every household in rural areas whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work, is made from the CFI.
Rs 38,500 crore have been allocated for MGNREGS in the current fiscal by the Centre, an increase of over Rs 3,800 crore outlay made for the rural job scheme during 2015-16.
The move to make Aadhaar mandatory for MGNREGS work will help in checking leakages of government subsidies and to ensure that the beneficiaries get their due, according to another officer who is part of the wing looking after implementation of the Centre’s Aadhaar-linked Direct Benefit Transfer scheme.
The DBT programme, a major reform initiative to check leakages of welfare funds, was launched on January 1, 2013 with regard to 24 selected schemes of eight ministries.
Through DBT all cash benefits are transferred directly to the beneficiary’s bank account. The Centre has asked all its departments and state governments to widen the scope of DBT scheme to include all monetary and in kind transfers to beneficiaries.
In order to give further fillip to it, DBT Mission was last year shifted to Cabinet Secretariat and its implementation is being monitored by the Prime Minister’s Office. PTI

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