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Govt to look into revision of schedule of rates for MNREGS

The schedule of rates refers to the amount of work a worker has to do to earn a full day’s wage. Many states have their own schedule of rates according to the soil types in the state, as most of the works under MNREGS are related to earth.

June 16, 2017 / 02:43 PM IST
A labourer works at the construction site of the Delhi-Jaipur national highway in Manesar in the northern state of Haryana, India, July 9, 2015. To match insight INDIA-INFRASCTRUCTURE/ REUTERS/Adnan Abidi - RTX1KM9A

A labourer works at the construction site of the Delhi-Jaipur national highway in Manesar in the northern state of Haryana, India, July 9, 2015. To match insight INDIA-INFRASCTRUCTURE/ REUTERS/Adnan Abidi - RTX1KM9A

A committee chaired by Nagesh Singh, the additional secretary in the Rural Development Ministry, will look into the revision of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) wages, according to a report by The Economic Times.

The committee, comprising state secretaries, will look into the revision of wage structure for NREGS. The central government has found huge differences in the schedule of rates employed by each state for the scheme. The committee would recommend a band of rates to be followed by states in order to have a more identical rate structure, the newspaper quotes government officials.

The schedule of rates refers to the amount of work a worker has to do to earn a full day’s wage. Many states have their own schedule of rates according to the soil types in the state, as most of the works under MNREGS are related to earth.

The wage revisions are currently based on changes in Consumer Price Index for agricultural labour. The most recent revision has been of 2.7 percent for 2017-18, which resulted in an effective hike of mere Rs 1 in states such as Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The wage revisions are currently based on changes in Consumer Price Index for agricultural labour. The most recent revision has been of 2.7 percent for 2017-18, which resulted in an effective hike of mere Rs 1 in states such as Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. An earlier report by the ministry had also noted that revisions in minimum wages by states were irregular.

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The disparity in schedules of one state to the other results in a labourer in Bihar to working thrice as much as in other states with similar soil condition to earn a day’s wage.
first published: Jun 16, 2017 02:43 pm

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