Demand versus reality: A sorry state of affairs under MGNREGA in a Covid-19 year
Instead of the promised 100 days of work, average work provided stood just shy of one-fifth of it in this financial year till June 9
Generating 100 days of work, guaranteed under MGNREGA for each household, has been a far cry so far even as there is demand for increasing the promised work days.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi recently criticised the Modi government for not paying heed to the demand of increasing work days for each household to 200 days from existing 100 days.
The average days of work provided to a household crossed even 50 days only once in the last four years.
Average work provided stood at little over 18 days till June 9 (noon) this financial year. In the previous four years, it mostly stood below 50 days, barring 2018-19.
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Business Standard, 9 June, 2020, https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/demand-v-reality-a-sorry-state-of-affairs-under-mgnrega-in-a-covid-19-year-120060901176_1.html