Maha EGS to be renamed Mahatma Gandhi National Rural EGS
Mumbai, Jul 13 (PTI) Maharashtra Government today decided to rename the Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) in the state as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme-Maharashtra.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet at Mantralaya here, chaired by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. The renaming follows a Central directive, an official release said.
The state EGS scheme has been the inspiration for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) implemented in the country and had originated as a relief programme after a severe drought in 1971.
V S Page, former chairman of the Maharashtra State Legislative Council had initiated the state EGS in 1965. It was subsequently expanded, mainly due to the extended drought and the need for widespread employment relief.
This culminated in the EGS Act and its implementation in Maharashtra in 1979. From a modest beginning, the EGS expanded rapidly into the most important poverty alleviation programme in Maharashtra.
For the year 2011-12, Rs 474-crore have been received so far under the NREGA, of which, Rs 271 crore were directly disbursed to beneficiaries. So far, 6.43 lakh labourers have been registered under various EGS works in the state.