Nagaland to implement Direct Benefit Transfer under MGNREGA from this year


KOHIMA, Sept 8, 2017: To ensure transparency and check corruption, the Nagaland government will start implementing the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) under MGNREGA beginning from the current financial year.

According to Secretary of Rural Development Kelei Zeliang, wages of the MGNREGA workers will be directly credited to the individual accounts of the job-card holders through National Electronic Fund Management System or Public Financial Management System.

Stating that every job-card holder must have a bank account duly linked with Aadhaar to avail the benefits, Zeliang said that in the new system, no payment will be made in cash.

Presently, 46,894 active MGNREGA workers have opened their bank accounts linked with Aadhar and are ready for DBT. A total of 1.79 lakh MGNREGA workers have been verified with Aadhar and being processed for opening bank account.

Currently, there are 4.25 lakh active job cards with 5.82 lakh active MGNREGA workers in the state.

TNT News with inputs from News on Air