3 MGNREGA: Prom­ises, fail­ures

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

The Ma­hatma Gandhi Na­tional Ru­ral Em­ploy­ment Guar­an­tee Act (MGNREGA), 2005, was launched by the UPA gov­ern­ment to pro­vide 100 days of em­ploy­ment to ru­ral fam­i­lies. The scheme saw an in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion by women ("How women seized NREGA", Novem­ber 1-15, 2010). Of late, it is los­ing its charm. Peo­ple's par­tic­i­pa­tion has halved in the past few years ("The poor­est shun MGNREGA", Jan­uary 16-31, 2013). Ex­perts blame it on de­lay in pay­ment. NDA gov­ern­ment has fur­ther slashed funds for the scheme.

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