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Odisha seeks release of Rs 676.57 crore for MGNREGA wages

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

on Thursday requested the Centre to release Rs 676.57 crore to pay the wages under the MGNREGA scheme till December 2017.

In a letter to Union Narendra Singh Tomar, the sought his intervention for the release of the funds.

said the Centre was supposed to release Rs 2,290.19 crore to the state by December-end but it had released only Rs 1,613.62 crore (including pending liability) till date, denoting a shortfall of Rs 676.57 crore.

The urged for the release of the funds or permission to the government to disburse wages to the Mahatma Gandhi (MGNREGA) scheme workers through e-FMS mode out of its own funds, subject to reconciliation of the amount on receipt of necessary allocation from the Ministry.

A request for utilisation of the corpus funds was sent to the Ministry on October 16.

"... the modalities for the release and recoupment of the funds may be finalised and communicated to the state at the earliest to ensure timely payment of wages to MGNREGA workers," the Chief Minister said.

The has declared 5,958 villages falling in 1,097 gram panchayats in 70 blocks in 15 districts as drought-affected. Yet, labourers are not evincing interest in availing MGNREGA work due to non-distribution of wages on time.



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First Published: Thu, December 21 2017. 17:02 IST