New NREGA Wages Below States’ Offering
New Delhi: The revised MGNREGA wages for the current fiscal announced recently have left various state governments in a quandary as they apprehend the new rates would not be able to attract labourers because they are still below the existing minimum wages fixed by the states. Once again, the wages under the Centre's flagship rural employment scheme has seen the maximum hike in Haryana. The southern states have got a substantial raise, while those in the east a minimal increase. Remuneration under MGNREGA has been raised to .₹ 240 in Kerala from .₹ 229 last year. It has been hiked to .₹ 224 in Karnataka from .₹ 204, .₹ 203 in TN from .₹ 183 last, and .₹ 194 in Andhra from .₹ 180.While Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have got a hike of .₹ 20, the wages in West Bengal and Assam have been raised by just .₹ 2 and .₹ 3 respectively.
Odisha did not get any hike with the wage remaining stagnant at .₹ 174. This despite Odisha’s request to the Centre to raise it at least to .₹ 200 per day. In Punjab, the wage has been fixed at .₹ 218, a raise of .₹ 18 over the previous year.