Himachal tops in implementation of 20-Point programme

Shimla, July 17 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Himachal Pradesh has stood first in the implementation of the central government’s flagship programme – 20-Point Programme, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said here Saturday.

‘We stood first in implementation of the 20-Point Programme during 2009-2010. This showed the government is committed to the implementation of socio-economic programmes,’ he told reporters.

Dhumal said a communication in this regard was received from the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

The hill state was at number three position in implementation of the programme in 2008-2009.

‘We are giving a daily wage of Rs.110 under MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) in the state whereas the central government was refunding Rs.100. The state has spent Rs.40 crore from its own exchequer under this programme to provide an additional daily wage of Rs.10,’ Dhumal said.

Under this programme, Himachal’s achievement is four points more than Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu (96 percent) and six points (94 percent) than Gujarat.

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