Plea For 200 Days Jobs

As there is more demand for daily jobs in the tribal dominated Left Wing Extremist (LWE) Zones, the State Government has urged the Centre to release more funds for MNREGA to provide at least 200 days job opportunities to the people in these areas.

Odisha Government has recently approached the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) in this regard.

Officials say that MoRD is examining the proposal as Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is favoring such a development initiative.
While under MNREGA, Union Government is providing funds for job opportunities for 100 Days, however in the Maoist Zones, people are asking for more job opportunities.
Keeping in mind the growing requirements of the people, the State Government has asked for allotment of more funds to provide job opportunities for 150-200 Days in the LWE affected Districts of the State.
While 19 Districts are affected by Ultras in Odisha, Ministry of Home Affairs has identified Malkangiri and Koraput as “Most LWE Affected Districts” among the 35 Districts of the Country, where Red Rebels are most active.
As the Union Government is stressing up to take up both Security Operations and Development Initiatives in these districts, as a boost for the peoples’ need, more funds allocation has been urged under MNREGA, said sources in State Government.
Several other State Governments are also asking for more funds for MNREGA and inclusion of Watershed Component in MNREGA to facilitate Water Conservation.
Government of Chhattisgarh has also raised the issue recently with the MoRD and urged for more funds under MNREGA.
Sources in MoRD admit that such a proposal is under examination and soon decision will be taken.
Earlier Odisha has also raised the issue and Chhattisgarh is following the State in this regard, said sources.
Funds sought for Road Requirement Plan(RRP)  II are yet to be sanctioned, though, MHA has favored such proposal long back.
Once sanctioned Odisha is expected  to receive over Rs.600 Crore under RRP II and major roads in Malkangiri and Koraput districts are to be covered as this will weaken the strong hold of Maoist as connectivity acts as a major bottleneck for the Ultras.
Maoists are blocking road development projects in Red Corridors and both State Police and Central Armed Police Forces are helping out the road constructing organizations to complete connectivity on a priority basis.
While RRP I is moving on fast track in Odisha and timely release of funds in RRP II will be much beneficial for the people living in Maoist Zones, pointed out a senior official.

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