Saturday, December 31, 2005

Accent on creating jobs for rural people in Cuddalore - Newindpress

Accent on creating jobs for rural people in Cuddalore

An ambitious scheme aimed at generating employment opportunities in the rural landscape will be launched in the backward coastal district shortly, according to official sources.

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme will also be introduced in Villupuram, Nagapattinam, Tiruvannamalai, Sivaganga and Dindigul.

The government will allot over Rs 60 crore a year for the project. As per the scheme, the elected panchayat president and the local body will act as a nodal agency for implementing the scheme.

The local body will provide employment to members of a family, which requires a job, for 100 days a year.

The family members will have to enroll their names with the local body. Works such as desilting of lakes, irrigation channels, and strengthening of river bunds, canals and lakes will be undertaken as part of the project.

Work relating to tree plantation will also be taken up under the scheme. The government has banned the use of giant machines in the work.

The families, which have enrolled their names, but not received the employment in a year, are entitled to receive unemployment allowance.

The scheme had been introduced in Rajasthan and Maharashtra recently. The project would go a long way in eradicating poverty in the rural terrain, the sources said.

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