The Mizoram government has provided at least 74 days of wage employment to job car holders under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) from January to October this year, an official said.

This was mentioned at a meeting of the state employment guarantee council, presided over by state rural development minister Lalruatkima on Monday, the official said.

Besides 74 days, 7 days of wage employment each will be arranged for job cardholders in November and December, he said.

Lalruatkima said the state government is making massive efforts to achieve 100 days of wage employment during the current fiscal.

He said the Centre has so far released Rs 494.34 crore for providing wage employment during the current fiscal.

According to the minister, there are about 2 lakh job cardholders in the state and each worker is given Rs 225 per day under the Centre scheme.

He claimed the MGNREGS was a blessing for the rural populace during the pandemic.

Lalruakima said the Covid19 pandemic effects may have a shortfall in agriculture production next year.

Works, which could augment production, needed to be prioritised to any extent possible under the MGNREGS, he said.

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