Odisha's Keonjhar announces higher wages under rural job scheme -Elizabeth Roche

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published Published on Jun 5, 2020   modified Modified on Jun 6, 2020


There has been demands for linking MGNREGA wage with consumer price index-rural (CPI-R) for an annual revision of wages based on contemporary changes in rural geography

NEW DELHI: Odisha’s Keonjhar district administration on Friday said it has become the first in the country to provide higher minimum wages to those taking up jobs under the national rural employment guarantee scheme.

In a post on Twitter, the Keonjhar district administration said those working under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) will draw 298 a day instead of the prescribed 207 under the scheme.

This represents a 44% increase in the daily wage rate, with rural households earning 29,800 a year, it said adding that 3.78 lakh workers across the district would benefit from higher wages. The programme is being implemented at a cost of RS 95 crores that is being drawn from the District Mineral Fund -- created in each mineral producing district under the provisions of the amended Mines and Minerals- Development and Regulation (MMDR) Act, 2015.

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