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Government seeks Rs 25,000 crore for MGNREGS from Parliament

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Central Government has put before the parliament a supplementary demand of grant in the amount of Rs 25000 Crore for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme 

The demand-driven rural jobs scheme ran out of funds midway through the current fiscal year, leading to pending payments for wages and materials.

Initial budgetary allocation for MGNREGA in the financial year 2021-22 was Rs 73000 Crore

Continuing economic distress in rural India due to the effects of Covid, has led to increased demand for jobs under the scheme

Last year, with the COVID­19 pandemic forcing lockdowns and widespread unemployment, MGNREGA, with a revised budget of Rs1.1 lakh crore, acted as a lifeline for India’s rural population.

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme

  • NREGA Act was passed by the Indian Parliament on 23rd August 2005 but it came into force on February 6, 2006.  On 2nd October 2009 an amendment was made in the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005, to change the nomenclature of the Act from NREGA to MGNREGA
  • The mandate of the MGNREGA is to provide at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. Currently the pay rate is about Rs 210 per day.
  • It is now operational in all the rural District of India 
  • The scheme is under the administrative control of the Union Ministry of  Rural Development.

Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj  Minister: Giriraj Singh.

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