NT NETWORK Panaji
The department of rural development has taken up de-silting and cleaning work of 120 kms of Tillari irrigation canal in Bicholim, Pernem and Bardez talukas in North Goa under its flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme.
For the first time, the state government has decided to take up such major de-silting work of the irrigation canal under MGNREGA in convergence with water resources department.
“Under this initiative under MGNREGA, the government will save almost Rs 1.43 crore from the state treasury as in the past the water resources department used to carry out cleaning and de-silting work of Tillari irrigation canal by spending Rs 1.5 crore,” the Minister for Rural Development Michael Lobo said while speaking to this reporter.
Under MGNREGA, the total cost of this particular work is Rs 70 lakh, which is a centrally-funded scheme wherein 90 per cent are central funds and 10 per cent is state’s share, which is just Rs 7 lakh.
Lobo informed that the job card holders under MGNREGA will be engaged for this work and 625 labourers are registered under it from Pernem, Bicholim and Bardez thereby creating 24,000 days of work.
He further said that the RDA department is in process of convergence with other line departments like agriculture, forests and fisheries under MGNREGA Scheme.
“We also want to boost agriculture through MGNREGA scheme in the state. The government is in process of including more such projects under the central scheme which will save money from the state treasury as well as will provide works to the registered job card holders,” he added.
The inauguration of the said project will be held on October 20 at 9.30 am in the presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Minister for Rural Development Michael Lobo and Minister for Water Resources Filipe Nery Rodrigues at Sal-Kasarpal road in Sal village of Bicholim taluka.