Work offered to 2.33 crore workers: Sitharaman

New Delhi: Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman attends the Plenary Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the ministerial-level committee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)) through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Apr 16, 2020. (Phoot: IANS/PIB)

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, here on Thursday, work had been offered to 2.33 crore wagers in 1.87 lakh panchayats under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

Addressing a press conference, Sitharaman said, “Work under the MGNREGA has been provided to 2.33 crore wagers in 1.87 lakh panchayats to benefit migrant workers, who are being actively enrolled.”

The government had generated 14.62 crore persondays of work till May 13, which was 40-50 per cent more compared with May 2019. “This is to help migrant labourers find work who have returned to their home states,” she said.

The Central government has asked states to use the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to set up shelters and provide food and water to the urban poor, including migrant labourers. “Rs 11,000 crore was sent for this purpose,” she said.

The Finance Minister said self-help groups (SHGs) had provided three crore masks and 1.20 lakh litres sanitizers. 7,200 new SHGs had been formed to generate employment during lockdown, she added.

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