Union Minister of Rural Development felicitates 75 trained candidates of Project UNNATI under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA

What is the News?

Union Minister of Rural Development has felicitated 75 trained candidates of Project UNNATI under MGNREGA.

What is Project UNNATI?

Launched by: Ministry of Rural Development

Purpose: It is a skilling project that aims to upgrade the skill base of the MGNREGA beneficiaries, thereby improving their livelihoods so that they can move from the current partial employment to full-time employment and hence reduce their dependence on Mahatma Gandhi NREGA.

Eligibility: The project is meant for providing training for one adult member (of age 18-45 years old) of a household who has completed 100 days of work under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA in the previous financial year from the year of commencement of the project.

Stipend: The candidates undergoing training are paid a stipend for a maximum period of 100 days and for one program per household as per the wage rate prevailing in the concerned State/UT as per the provisions of the project. 

Funding: Full expenditures towards a stipend, against wage loss compensation, are entirely borne by the Central Government.

Target: ​​A total of 2 lakh beneficiaries shall be imparted training under this project in a span of three years in 26 states and 2 UTs. 

What are the other steps taken by the Government under MGNREGA?

The Government of India is focusing on complete transparency in the implementation of the MGNREGA scheme. 

For this, the Ministry of Rural Development has decided that presence of Ombudspersons in at least 80% districts would be insisted as a precondition for the approval of the Annual Action Plant and Labour Budget for FY 2022-2023 under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA. 

Source: This post is based on an article Union Minister of Rural Development felicitates 75 trained candidates of Project UNNATI under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA published in PIB on 23rd March 2022 

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