Andhra Pradesh will be the first state to use National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) funds to provide road connectivity and improve hygienic conditions in remote areas inhabited by Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe people.

Rural connectivity has now been included in the permissible category of works under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).


Minister for Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar has said that proposal for construction of Chhatroo-Singhpora-Vailoo tunnel is under consideration, adding that study of the project has been conducted and recently mode of execution of the project discussed at a high level meeting.

Replying to a question by G.M.

LUCKNOW: The forest department has got a target of planting over 2 crore saplings in the year 2011-12. However, it is the rural areas that may get far more saplings when compared to the city areas. Reason: The funds for plantation in 74 forest divisions come through Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

The Manmohan Singh government came under Opposition attack over its

THE Supreme Court has directed all state governments to demolish unauthorised constructions on gram sabha lands and evict squatters. A bench comprising Justice Markandeya Katju and Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra asked chief secretaries of States and Union Territories to comply with its order on the issue and file periodical compliance reports. The court decided to monitor the matter.

Expressing grave concern over the malaise of land grabbing even reaching remote villages of the country, the Supreme Court in an unprecedented order has sought detailed report form chief secretaries of the states and Union Territories about vanishing of vast chunk of

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched

The World Bank on Tuesday approved a $1.5 billion Credit and Loan for India's Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) aimed towards improving rural accessibility of roads.

The new project will concentrate on the states of Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh, the Bank said in a statement.

Over the next five years, the project will aim to


PMEAC chairman C Rangarajan has favoured increasing the ambit of the proposed Food Security Act to cover 50% population in rural areas and 30% in urban cities, more than what was recommended by the Sonia Gandhi headed National Advisory Council.

Rangarajan has also asked the Food Ministry to work the quantity of foodgrains in case the ambit of the

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Posted: Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010 at 0042 hrs IST
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In an out of-the-box way of policy-making which creates an urban zone 10 times the size of Noida, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided