Kolkata: Bengal has emerged as the number one state in the country in terms of employment generation in the rural areas, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday.
The state has topped the list by generating 30.98 crore person-days till March 31 under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
The Chief Minister tweeted: "I am very happy to share with all of you that Bengal has emerged No.1 in the country in rural employment generation. Under 100 days work scheme, as on 31 March 2018, Bengal has generated 30.98 crore person-days, which is the highest in the country."
Explaining the expenditure that has been carried out for the project in the last fiscal, she maintained in the tweet: "Moreover, West Bengal reported the expenditure of Rs 8007.56 crore under this scheme in 2017-18, which is again the highest in the country. In terms of average person-days per household, West Bengal with 59 days in 2017-18, is the best performer among the major states."
As per the data of the state Panchayats and Rural Development department, the Bengal government has not only become successful in scoring the first rank in the country in terms of job creation but it has even crossed the target set by the Centre for 2017-18 Financial Year.
The Centre had set a target of 23 crore person-days for Bengal in the 2017-18 fiscal. The state government had become successful in creating 24 crore person-days by the end of December 2017 itself.
In the last three months of 2017-18 fiscal, the state government has also become successful in creating another 6.98 crore person-days jobs and the figure total reached to 30.98 till March 31.
It may also be mentioned that the state government had created 21 crore person-days in 2016-17 Financial Year while in the 2017-18 fiscal it has reached to 30.98 crore that marked an increase by around 43 percent.
This comes at the time when the state Panchayats and Rural development department has set a target of creating 25 crore person-days in 2018-19.
There was also a meeting in this connection between senior officials of the state Panchayats and Rural Development department, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), Siliguri Mahakuma Parishads and authorities from all districts. It would also ensure the livelihood of around 10 lakh families which would essentially mean that every Gram Panchayat will have to provide jobs to around 300 families.