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No move to dilute MNREGS: Minister

Union Minister for Rural Development Chaudhary Birender Singh on Tuesday dismissed reports that the number of blocks covered under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme would be reduced by the Centre.

“We have selected about 2500 blocks which are under the not-that-developed category. These blocks will be given more attention. That does not mean that the scheme will be stopped in the rest of 4000 blocks,” Singh told reporters on the sidelines of the regional conference of state development ministers here.

Employment generation and creation of quality physical assets should go hand-in-hand to make MNREGS more productive, the minister said. “We have asked the states for convergence of MNREGS with various other schemes to promote asset creation. We hope more states will be coming forward in creating quality assets in the future,” he said.

“Convergence is the best way to get the best results. Various schemes under irrigation, panchayati raj, forest, rural development, agriculture and so on can be converged,” he said.
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