Patna: Senior ministers on Tuesday interacted with farmers to seek their suggestions on the flagship MNREGA scheme.
The dialogue was held at the chief minister’s 1 Aney Marg official residence. Chief minister Nitish Kumar though was not present as he was indisposed.
Around 35 farmers gave their suggestions. Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi told them they could send in more suggestions in writing in the next couple of days.
The meeting with farmers was an outcome of Nitish’s suggestions given as a member of the sub-committee of seven chief ministers constituted at the fourth governing council meeting of Niti Aayog last month in New Delhi to look into means to ensure greater linkage between agriculture and MNREGA. One aim of the panel is to find suitable usage of the scheme to stem the deterioration in agriculture.
Ministers Prem Kumar, Shrawan Kumar, Rana Randhir Singh, Kapil Deo Kamat; the chief minister’s advisor, Anjani Kumar Singh, chief secretary Deepak Kumar and other senior officials were present at the meet.
The sub-committee, headed by Madhya Pradesh’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has to provide recommendations on various aspects of MNREGA, including work that could be done for water harvesting, ground levelling, vermin-compost production, construction of cattle sheds and godowns, tree plantation and construction of rural markets.
Courtesy: The Telegraph