Minister pushes for culture of hard work to generate income amid COVID-19 threat

Manipur Rural Development Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh chaired an interaction programme on implementation of MGNREGS in Bishnupur.

Amid the COVID-19 situation, there is need to promote the culture of hard work to generate income and to be self-reliant, said Rural Development Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh.

“We should not remain idle because of the global COVID-19 threat, let us promote the culture of hard work to generate income and be self-reliant,” Biswajit said as he chaired an interaction programme on implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Bishnupur district on Friday.

The Programme Implementing Agency (PIA) and officials of the department took part in the interaction programme which discussed how the MGNREGS was being implemented in Bishnupur and Thoubal districts.

In the past years, people got less working days for MGNREGS in the state as per the performance record. However, in the financial year 2019-2020 the government was enabled to work for 48 days on average. There were districts which got 56 working days, he said.

Stating that MGNREGS implementation is based on demand the minister said, one can earn more by working more. According to MGNREG Act, 100 working days are provided in a year. This cannot be fulfilled in any state. However, the state targets to provide 100 days’ jobs and this requires creation of liabilities. To materialise this PRIs have to play a major role, he added.

Centre has been providing assistance including food-grains to the people. As the government assistance cannot suffice the needs everyone needs to inculcate in work culture, the minister said and urged to try to work maximum days under MGNREGS.

First Published:June 6, 2020, 11:46 a.m.