Gov­ern­ment's volte-face on MGNREGA

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

IN THE face of a deficit mon­soon, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has di­rected the ru­ral min­istry to take up mas­sive wa­ter con­ser­va­tion struc­tures un­der the Ma­hatma Gandhi Na­tional Ru­ral Em­ploy­ment Guar­an­tee Act (MGNREGA). Un­der this cam­paign, the Cen­tre plans to con­struct 42 wa­ter har­vest­ing struc­tures ev­ery hour till Au­gust. The min­istry of ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, af­ter hold­ing con­sul­ta­tions with the states, de­cided to con­struct around three mil­lion wa­ter har­vest­ing struc­tures, in­clud­ing ir­ri­ga­tion projects, by the end of Au­gust. Modi's fo­cus on the job pro­gramme is un­usual as just a few months ago he had told Par­lia­ment that he wanted to "pre­serve" the pro­gramme as the sym­bol of fail­ure of the pre­vi­ous Congress gov­ern­ment that had in­tro­duced this scheme. As per gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments, the cur­rent year's progress re­port on the work shows that around 33,000 struc­tures have been com­pleted and work on around 1.1 mil­lion struc­tures is on. The gov­ern­ment wants to fin­ish the re­main­ing 1.8 mil­lion struc­tures by Au­gust. How­ever, it will only be pos­si­ble if work is car­ried out non-stop till the end of Au­gust.

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