Mizoram rural development minister  Lalruatkima on Wednesday said that the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNGREGS) has considerably helped the rural populace by enhancing their livelihood security during the lockdown.

He said that Mizoram has received a total amount of Rs 27907.90 lakh under the Centre scheme for conducting employment during April to September and on average 62 days of wage employment have been arranged during the same period.

“The wage employment under MGNREGS has immensely relieved the rural populace of financial constraints during the lockdown,” he said.

According to the minister, altogether, there are 201107 job cardholders under the MGNREGS in the state.

Currently, each job cardholder is given Rs 225 per day under the Centre scheme, he said.

Wages are directly deposited to the beneficiaries account.

Lalruatkima also said that the state rural department received housing assistance for poor amounting to over Rs 621 lakh from the Centre and state government (state matching share) on September 25.

He said that the assistance would enable the construction of houses for 2,754 poor families.

The assistance is being transferred to the bank account of PMAY-G beneficiaries, he said.

Lalruatkima on Wednesday distributed 105 sewing machine for six localities under Aizawl West-II assembly constituency.

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