Demand for work rose by 38.79 percent as 22.49 crore people sought work under MGNREGA this year until September 12
The average wage rate per day for each person is Rs 198.78, making it Rs 1,368.40 per month. This was Rs 182.49 (wage per day, per person) in FY20
We do expect another stimulus to come through, and this one should be more from the fiscal perspective, although the timing and the quantum both remain unpredictable.
The plan being considered involves an initial rollout of the scheme in smaller cities and towns that is expected to cost around Rs 35,000 crore
The April-July period typically sees around 25 percent more work execution in terms of person-days under the scheme compared to the rest of the year, thereby aiding rural income.
Contrary to manufacturing and services, the prospects for the agricultural sector are now looking distinctly bright
He said the Centre has started the 'Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan' to provide employment at the local level to migrant labourers who have returned home during the coronavirus-triggered lockdown. Rajasthan also has a large number of migrant labourers returned home during the lockdown, Gehlot said.
The Railways has asked Zones to prepare a list of labourers against the kind of work they can be involved in.
The chief minister directed officials to pay attention to post harvest management besides ensuring availability of market for the agro products, an official release said.
Highest-ever allocation of more than Rs 1 lakh crore has been made to MGNREGA, which will boost employment opportunities in villages and bring relief to migrant labourers
MGNREGA guarantees a minimum 100 days of employment to every willing household, within 15 days of making such a requisition. A failure to provide employment within 15 days from the date of requisition has to be compensated.
Interacting with rural development ministers from various states via video conferencing, Tomar said their focus should be on water conservation, groundwater recharge and irrigation works.
Ground rules have to be set and monitored carefully to ensure that April 20 guidelines do not simply remain on paper
The Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) guarantees 100 days of wage employment to every household in rural areas in a financial year, whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.
Putting money into the hands of the people would have been simpler, quicker and more effective
The average hike for FY21 compared to FY20 will by Rs 20 to Rs 201 per day
The higher allocation for MGNREGA comes in the wake of lower consumption and investment in the rural sector. The rural job scheme helps in creation of more liquidity on the rural front in the form of employment generation, which leads to more rural consumption and improved market conditions for competitors.
The rural economy has been in the dumps for years. A recent rise in food prices may be of some help but that's not sufficient.
The divergence can only be bridged by getting underemployed workers out of stagnant agriculture and into the higher productivity formal sector
"A total of 28 types of various works, including those concerning water conservation, soil conservation, construction of school compounds under the MGNREGA in the state were given approval," a statement issued said.
The intent and policy drift are crystal-clear now. The key question then is how can India make room for large entitlement-based transfers?
India needs to create an ecosystem of continuous change. What India chooses now on the reforms and execution front will determine if it moves up on the potential growth curve, or if it goes back into the all too familiar cyclical roller coaster.
The problem is that India has failed to create adequate jobs, which puts the onus on the government to support the poor.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi, at a press conference, said PM Modi and his ministers are "mocking" the Congress' NYAY (minimum income guarantee) scheme but have "quietly squeezed" the funds meant for wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.
MGNREGA, a rural job guarantee scheme introduced in 2005, now covers all the rural districts of the country.