Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 1: The Panchayat and Rural Development department, Assam has achieved 100 per cent of set target of person days under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) on January 31 last, the department claimed in a statement here on Monday.

“The Union Government has set a target of 650 lakh person days for the current financial year and during the pandemic situation, the Panchayat and Rural Development Department has taken utmost care in generating wage employment under the MGNREGA and played a major role in keeping the rural economy steady. In spite of the prevailing pandemic situation, the department started works under MGNREGA for providing assistance to economically and socially vulnerable section of people in rural areas of Assam to compensate their daily wages during the nationwide lockdown. This ground-breaking step helped the department in achieving such a high target and generated 653.11 lakh person days till date,” the statement said.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated the department for achieving the target before time.

Sonowal stated that the achievement proved that the department has made tremendous efforts to help the poor and vulnerable section of rural people.

Panchayat and Rural Development Department Minister Naba Kumar Doley while expressing his gratitude urged the officials to work with same dedication and effort for successful implementation of all schemes under the department.