Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday urged a central committee to suitably modify provisions of MNREGA to local conditions of the hill state .
This was conveyed to a five member Rajya Sabha committee headed by Birender Baihya M . P. currently visiting the state .
â€œAccording to guidelines the budgetary provisions were being spent on 60 : 40 ratio on labour and material components , which required to be modified giving preference to labour component,â€ said the state chief minister P . K . Dhumal .
He said the modification in the provisions would benefit more people and help in getting work closer to their homes.
Dhumal told the central committee that wild animals , particularly monkeys were destroying farm crops on a large scale in the state due to which farmers had even started abandoning farming.
The state government had recommended to engage guards to protect farm land and standing crops . The proposal would be covered under labour component of the scheme and seasonal rural jobs would be created.
He welcomed the Centerâ€™s decision of providing Rs 25 lakh for the construction of panchayat bhawans under the scheme.