How MGNREGA helps revive village infra, increase employment in Haryana -Shagun Kapil

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published Published on Jul 31, 2020   modified Modified on Aug 1, 2020

-Down to Earth

Villagers gain employment through the job guarantee scheme, used as a means to revive rural infrastructure like reservoirs, cattle sheds

Thirty-one-year-old Ram Ratan was employed as a ‘saksham’ teacher at a government school in Haryana’s Kurukshetra district till March 18, 2020. Ratan was hopeful about his job and — armed with a Masters in psychology and a diploma in guidance and counselling which he completed in February — pursued the job of an assistant professor.

His plans, however, were dashed when the school closed March 19 because of the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ratan and his younger brother were the only earning members in a household of 13 people. His job as a teacher was an honorary assignment under the Saksham Yuva Yojana that provided employment to educated, unemployed youth in the state government and private enterprises.

Ratan’s income slowed to a halt after the lockdown. This loss of income hit the family hard: His two-year-old daughter had a heart ailment, while his elder brother was under treatment for a mental disorder.

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