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Govt to carry out pilot study on green effects of MGNREGA

The Rural Development Ministry will carry out a pilot study on environmental benefits and green outcomes of rural flagship scheme MGNREGA in seven states with the help of the United Nations Development Programme.

The project will be conducted in 14 gram panchayats, two each from seven agro-ecological zones of the country – UP, Jharkhand, J&K, Rajasthan, Guajrat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN), Hyderabad, is the technical resource agency responsible for organising the project on green audit and development of a green audit framework for the MGNREGA programme, the ministry has said. WASSAN is a national-level resource support organisation working mainly for strengthening community-based natural resource management programmes in different parts of the country.

Earlier a study by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and other national institutions had suggested that the scheme generated environmental benefits in a number of states.
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