UPA government's ambitious national rural employment guarantee
programme that promises 100 days of engagement to every
rural household will be formally launched on February
2 in 200 districts, including Sonia Gandhi's constituency
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will flag off the scheme
by accepting application forms from job aspirants in rural
areas. Chief Ministers of various states will also launch
the scheme simultaneously in their states using the same
process on the same day.
Initially the programme was meant for 150 districts but
it was later decided to add 50 more to the first phase
of the programme.
A sum of Rs10,000 crore will be needed for the phase for
the remaining months of the current financial year.
While Rs5,500 crore will come from the sampoorna grameen
rozgar yojana fund, Rs4,500 crore will be obtained from
scheme. Singh also said all the necessary guidelines had
been finalised for the implementation of the programme
in consultation with states and experts.