The Government in the year 2017-18 provided highest ever allocation of Rs 48,000 crore at BE stage for MGNREGA.
This allocation to the Department also crossed more than one lakh crores for all programmes put together at Rs 1,05,442 crore, the Rural Development Ministry said here on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Rural Development has been able to ensure payment of wages to the workers within 15 days in 85 percent of the cases as compared to only 37 percent in 2015-16 and 42 percent in 2016-17 on account of increased allocation for MGNREGA at BE Stage.
The second phase of releases to the states, which starts in September of every year depends on States fulfilling conditions specified in General Financial Rules, which relate to complete financial scrutiny including submission of audited report for the previous financial year.
This was reiterated by the Government to the States repeatedly in the past few months.
The Ministry of Rural Development has already released second installment for MGNREGA wage payment and material payment to the States which have submitted their audited statements on account for year 2016-17.
Over the last ten days funds have been released to Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu.
Release of funds to Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are being processed as the papers have been received very recently.