Over 55 million households demand work under MGNREGA this year so far -Sanjeeb Mukherjee
MGNREGA website shows that till July 13, around 227,233 households out of 47.8 mn were provided jobs under the scheme and have completed the mandatory 100 days employment
Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has played a vital role in providing employment to the millions of migrants labours returning to their villages from cities, particularly during the lockdown imposed due to coronavirus.
However, with the pandemic refusing to end soon, there has been a clamour among civil society workers and rights groups to expand the mandatory 100 days of work to at least 200 days, so that the support system is extended for a longer duration. In total, data from MGNREGA website shows that till July 13, around 227,233 households out of the 47.8 million were provided jobs under the scheme and have completed their mandatory 100 days employment.
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Business Standard, 14 July, 2020, https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/over-55-million-households-demand-work-under-mgnrega-this-year-so-far-120071400372_1.html