Govt's rural employment scheme benefits youth in Kashmir

Kulgam (Jammu and Kashmir), Oct. 11 (ANI): The government's Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme is benefitting youth in Jammu and Kashmir as more employment opportunities are created.

Under this scheme, unemployed educated youths of the villages Nawabal and Nowpora in the district's Qaimoh block are getting benefits as they work in their native villages and earn their bread and butter instead of migrating to other places for jobs.

Talking about the achievements that have been made through the scheme in the district, Block Development Officer (BDO) Abdul Majeed said that the scheme has proved beneficial as development work is taking place in different parts of the province.

"As far as district Kulgam is concerned, we have issued 9100 job cards so far. As far as the villages are concerned, we had 325 projects in Kulgam. We took up 425 more new projects and now we have completed a total of 750 projects. Also in the other parts of the district, we took up 176 projects and also took up 105 more and now 181 projects are completed. The total projects we have taken up till date in the block are 1031. We have completed 855 projects so far. Estimates have also been made and so far as completed projects are concerned, 541 projects have been completed so far," he said.

The youth on their part expressed their happiness as employment is created and opportunities are made available for people to earn their livelihood.

"Its name is MGNREGA. It is a huge scheme with a lot of benefits. The work here is going exactly like the person after whom this scheme is named, Mahatma Gandhi. It is doing well. The scheme had been rightly given the name after the person. Work is progressing smoothly and development is taking place," said Bilal Ahmed, a local who is a beneficiary of the scheme.

Some years back government of India launched the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) which aims at enhancing the livelihood security of people in rural areas by guaranteeing hundred days of wage-employment in a financial year to a rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.

The people of Jammu and Kashmir took to streets in wake of rising unemployment and due to the failure on the part of the provincial government to regularize the services of those who were hired on contractual basis. (ANI)