People from the rural parts do not need to have Aadhar cards to get job under the MGNREGA scheme for the time being. This comes the day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had decided to write to the Centre asking it not to make Aadhar card mandatory for those working under the MGNREGA scheme.
It may be recalled that the Centre had rolled out a notification stating that Aadhar card is mandatory to get a job under the scheme. People having job cards under the scheme were asked to link their Aadhar cards with their banks within August.
Thursday’s statement of Aparajita Sarengi, joint secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development, said in Kolkata that Aadhar card is not mandatory to get jobs under the scheme for the time being.
But she has advised the rural populace to get their Aadhar cards as early as possible. This has brought a relief among the people who are yet to get Aadhar cards. At present 60 to 70 per cent of the rural populace have Aadhar cards. The Chief Minister had decided to write stating that what would happen to the rest 30 to 40 per cent who are yet to get the Aadhar cards. She held a meeting with the state panchayat and rural development minister Subrata Mukherjee in a hotel at New Town.
Senior officials of the department and from all the districts were also present in the meeting.
Appreciating the execution of MGNREGA in the state, she said that West Bengal could be the role model for other states.
She had been to districts including Nadia, West Midnapore and Burdwan to check how the project that ensuring 100 days works of the people has been executed.
It is learnt that during Thursday’s meeting, the state government has seen a ray of hope that the Centre will increase the state’s allocation under the scheme which it will help in creating more job opportunities. It had also been the long standing of the state government before the Centre.
Sarengi also held a meeting with senior officials and Chief Minister in Nabanna on Thursday evening.