New NREGA Wages Be­low States’ Of­fer­ing

The Economic Times - - Economy - Press Trust of In­dia

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.

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