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Uttarakhand has increased payments for workers under MGNREGS from `209 to `213. This will directly benefit 12.49 lakh job card holders.

Published: 05th April 2022 03:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th April 2022 07:27 AM   |  A+A-

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Payments hiked under rural job scheme
Uttarakhand has increased payments for workers under MGNREGS from `209 to `213. This will directly benefit 12.49 lakh job card holders. Programme executive director for the state, S Murugeshan said, “The increment has been effective from April 1, 2022 and will benefit more around 12.49 job card holders.” Nearly 50 per cent of this workforce are women. Last year, the government had increased the number of working days guaranteed per year to the poor under MGNREGS from 100 to 150. Shockingly, even engineering graduates, diploma and Masters degree holders have applied for manual jobs under the rural employment scheme. 

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vineet upadhyay
Our correspondent in Dehradun vineet.upadhyay@newindianexpress.com



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