Mumbai: The Maha Vikas Aghadi Government has proposed to launch rural prosperity to be named after the National Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar. The state cabinet will approve the Sharad Pawar Gram Samridhi Yojana, which will be a combination of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and Maharashtra State Employee Guarantee Scheme. The timing is significant as Pawar will turn 80 on December 12.

In Maharashtra, about 6.46 lakh works are under the National Rural Employment Guarantee of which 4.77 lakh were under different stages of completion as of November 20, 2020. So far more than 6.10 lakh labourers were registered under the scheme.

Under the scheme, 1 lakh kilometer streets that will interface farms will be attempted. This will improve the access to farms and will also give employments. Additionally, the development of farm ponds and stables are moreover proposed under the scheme. He said the government proposes to complete them in another three years with an expenditure of Rs 10,0000 crore. Amid COVID-19, the highest number of workers was enlisted under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) from the 11 districts of Vidarbha region. A total of 76,651 workers were enlisted in the coastal Konkan region excluding two districts of Mumbai City and Mumbai Rural areas.

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A Senior Minister said that the Department of Employment Guarantee will be the nodal department for the execution of a proposed ambitious scheme that will change the country’s economy and empower people. The scheme moreover points to bridge the division of rural and urban.