"Our government is committed to supporting employment through MGNREGA. I have made an initial allocation of Rs.34,699 crore for the programme," Jaitley said while presenting the union budget in the Lok Sabha.
Jaitley the government "will ensure that no one who is poor is left without employment".
The size of allocation for the scheme rose by Rs. 5,000 crore.
"We will focus on improving the quality and effectiveness of activities under MGNREGA," Jaitley said.
The scheme was introduced by the previous Congress-led UPA government in 2005. It promises unskilled manual work to every adult for at least 100 days in rural parts of the country.
On Thursday, the Prime Minister said in Parliament, "I will ensure MNREGA is never discontinued. It is proof of the Congress' failure. After so many years of being in power, all you were able to deliver is for a poor man to dig ditches a few days a month."