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Cabinet approves Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rural Mission
In an ambitious bid to transform rural areas to economically, socially and physically sustainable spaces, the union cabinet on Wednesday approved the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rural Mission (SPMRM) with an outlay of Rs.5,142.08 crore.
 
"The union cabinet gave its nod to SPMRM to drive economic, social and infrastructure development in rural areas," Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here at a press conference after a meeting of the union cabinet.
 
"The state governments would identify the clusters in accordance with the framework for implementation prepared by the ministry of rural development," the minister added.
 
He further said that these clusters would be developed by provisioning of economic activities, developing skills and local entrepreneurship and providing infrastructure amenities.

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Cabinet clears 50 extra days' work under MGNREGA
The central government on Wednesday approved an extra 50 days of work for farmers/workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) scheme.
 
The union Cabinet, at a meeting here, decided that farmers hit by the deficient monsoon this kharif season would now get to work for a total of 150 days under MNREGA.
 
The rural employment guarantee scheme earlier provided for 100 days of unskilled manual work for registered farmers.
 
MNREGA, which came into effect on September 7, 2005, provides employment within 15 days of application, failing which the government provides daily unemployment allowance.

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