Is MGNREGA in danger of running aground because of insufficient allocations in the COVID-19 pandemic? -Debmalya Nandy
As against the current allocation of Rs 101,500 crore towards MGNREGA this financial year, there is a need for an additional allocation of Rs 100,000 crore towards the programme to meet the work demands of rural population.
As of August 24, the Government of India is left with about Rs 45,000 crore for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), and there are still seven months to go in the financial year 2020-21. Despite an additional allocation of Rs 40, 000 crore above the initial allocation of Rs 61, 500 crore made by the Union finance minister, Nirmala Sitaraman, the MGNREGA funds, meant to provide employment to rural population, are woefully inadequate keeping in mind a large number of people have lost their livelihoods due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and the lockdown.
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Gaon Connection, 3 September, 2020, https://en.gaonconnection.com/is-mgnrega-in-danger-of-running-aground-because-of-insufficient-allocations-in-the-covid-19-pandemic/