West Bengal has added another feather in its cap by being among the best in the nation in the category of Conservancy and Project Implementation in MGNREGA. During the financial year 2014-15, North 24 Parganas district has been among the top eight districts in the country in the 100 Days Work Scheme. For its achievement, the district would be bestowed with a National Award.
The mangrove forest projects of the district’s Sandeshkhali-2 and Hingalganj blocks have come in for special praise.
Besides, in different areas of the district, roadside greenlining projects (planting trees besides roads) have been implemented wherein only women have been employed. This has made the women self-sufficient as well as significantly increased the number of women workers. This aspect has also garnered a lot of interest.
State Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee said West Bengal could include the maximum number of villages in projects like Indira Awas Yojna, building of toilets and construction of metalled (‘pucca’) roads during 2014-15.
During 2015-16, so far, 2.16 lakh houses have been constructed under Indira Awas Yojna and more than 11 lakh toilets have been built in the State, the Minister said.