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National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was implemented in 200 districts from 2nd February, 2006. 130 additional districts were covered under the Act during 2007-08 and all the remaining rural areas in the country have been brought under the purview of NREGA with effect from 1.4.2008. Since inception, 13.52 crore households have been provided employment and 632.11 crore persondays generated by spending an amount of Rs.70499.72 crore. More than 50% works were undertaken in water conservation sector. The share of SC/ST was 61% and women 40% in total employment generation in 2006-07. Similarly, in 2007-08, the share of SC/ST was 56% and women 43%, in 2008-09, share of SC/ST was 54% and women 48% and in 2009-10 (October, 2009), share of SC/ST was 51% and women 51%.

NREGA is demand based. It has been the constant endeavour of the Government to take up programmes relating to awareness generation among the rural population about their legal rights under the Act through IEC activities, which includes both print as well as electronic media.

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development, Shri Pradeep Jain Aditya informed the Rajya Sabha today.


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