Centre expands social safety net programme -Elizabeth Roche

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published Published on May 18, 2020   modified Modified on May 19, 2020


* MGNREGS guarantees 100 days of work in a financial year to a rural household whose adult members volunteer for unskilled manual work

* In 2019-20, which was considered a normal monsoon year without rural distress, 2.65 billion person days were created

NEW DELHI: The Union government on Sunday injected an extra 40,000 crore into the national rural jobs programme, extending a helping hand to millions of rural poor, as well as urban migrant workers returning to villages.

This takes the total yearly allocation for the scheme to 1.01 trillion—a record since it was started in 2006—up from 61,500 crore set in the Union budget.

The expansion of the Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), announced by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, comes nearly two months after the government raised the scheme’s wages from 182 a day to 202.

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Livemint.com, 18 May, 2020, https://www.livemint.com/politics/policy/centre-expands-social-safety-net-programme-11589742530926.html

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