The situation in the entire country is disturbed due to the coronavirus lockdown. Meanwhile, there is also a state in the country where the maximum amount of people have been employed in this phase of the corona epidemic. Chhattisgarh's outstanding performance in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA) works continues unabated. In the current financial year, Chhattisgarh ranks first in the country in providing 100 days of employment to job-holder families. A total of 55 thousand 981 families have been provided 100 days of employment in April, May and June of the same year. Chhattisgarh alone accounts for about 41 percent of the total households in the country getting 100 days of employment.
In the last few days from the Corona transition period, Chhattisgarh was second in this case. During the lockdown imposed by the Government of India, social distancing along with MGNREGA work in the state has created a large number of jobs and has been linked to the workers working in rural areas. Naxalite affected districts have done very well in providing employment to the villagers. The first five districts in the state to provide excessive employment are against Bastar division. Ten districts of the state have finished more than 70 percent of the approved labour budget for this year.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Panchayat and Rural Development Minister TS Singhdev have congratulated the Panchayat representatives along with departmental officers-employees for their continuous good performance in MNREGA. He has said that despite the ongoing lockdown due to Covid-19, the villagers have got direct employment in large numbers due to the preparatory work under MNREGA. MNREGA works have played an important role in keeping the rural economy dynamic even under adverse conditions. He hoped that with the awareness of the Panchayat representatives and the activeness of the MNREGA team, the state will continue to do well under the MNREGA.