[lang_en]Shimla: Animals especially monkey damage farm crops continued to plague the state but the central government has not yet permitted crop protection jobs under National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREGA) scheme, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal stated during question hour.
Responding to question by Roop Singh, Mohinder Singh and Inder Singh, all BJP members, about NREGA the chief minister said that in 2007-08 the state received Rs 126.79 crore under the scheme for 2008-09 Rs 421.81 crore was marked. The state had proposes a plan of Rs 331.81 crore for 2007-08 and a pland of Rs 576.21 crore for 2008-09, he said.
Various rural employment schemes were eligible under NREGA jobs and the state has proposed that crop protection jobs by farmers also be brought under the ambit of the scheme. Approval was awaited, said Dhumal.
Thakur Gulab Singh in a written reply informed congress member Rajesh Dharmani that there were 680 rest houses and circuit houses in the state that belonged to various government department including PWD, forest as well as government corporations like electricity board and Sainik welfare board.
In the last three years an amount of Rs 228,501,278 had been spent for their upkeep and revenue of Rs 51,388,978 was realized from them. these rest houses were available to all visitors including tourists on availability as per rent charges applicable, stated Gulab Singh.[/lang_en]