Just three percent of households signing up to a multi-billion-dollar Indian welfare drive promising 100 days of work to every rural family actually got such jobs, a report said Jan. 7. India’s ruling Congress party had billed the drive as a “landmark” in its battle against poverty, but only 3.2 percent of registered households had received employment for 100 days, the Indian Express newspaper said. Most of those who signed up for the anti-poverty National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme were employed for just over two weeks, the report said. The data came from a six-month internal audit of the program, which was launched by the ruling Congress Party in 2006, the report said. (AFP)

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