Agartala: Enthused by the successful implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) last year, the Congress-led UPA government has allocated Rs813.53 crore to Left-ruled Tripura for the current financial year (2009-10).
The allocation has been sanctioned on the basis of labour department accounts, which state that each labour card holder will be given 100 days of work a year, state rural development minister Jitendra Chowdhury said.
Last year, the state received Rs514.27 crore for carrying out the national flagship programme, of which Rs24 crore remained unspent, he said.
While Rajasthan was the best among the states in executing the NREGA in the last financial year, Tripura was second, Chowdhury told reporters on Wednesday.
He said an average of 95.42% allocation under the NREGA was spent in the state with only 4.5% remained unspent.
Chowdhury said only Rs24 crore could not be utilised as the fund was released in last March only.
About 700 employees including junior engineers, computer operators and village volunteers will be appointed soon for implementing the NREGA project this year.