With MGNREGA’s help

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published Published on Aug 6, 2020   modified Modified on Aug 6, 2020

-The Indian Express

It has helped mitigate increased rural distress due to Covid. Now, focus on getting people back to normal work

The MGNREGA has created 153.16 crore person-days of employment during April-July. Not only is this way higher than the 107.24 person-days for the corresponding four months of last fiscal, but also significant compared to the 267.96 crore and 265.35 crore person-days generated in the whole of 2018-19 and 2019-20, respectively. Moreover, it is necessary to note that April was a washout month.

With the focus of administrations then on enforcing the lockdown, the 11.93 crore person-days of employment was less than half of that during the same month last year. The real ramp-up happened in May (50.88 crore person-days) and June (61.44 crore, an all-time-high), before falling to 28.91 crore in July.

In short, MGNREGA has done what it is expected to do even in normal times: Provide work in rural areas during the peak summer months when the rabi crop would already have been harvested and kharif plantings are still to gather pace.

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The Indian Express, 6 August, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/editorials/with-mgnregas-help-6541342/

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