Rs 170 crores disbursed to MNREGA

On May 21, 2020, the Government of India disbursed RS 170 crores to MNREGA workers. The amounts were disbursed to the beneficiaries through the Deaprtment of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.

Highlights

The Department has taken up more than 14,000 development projects under MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act) since April 20, 2020. This includes 8,300 Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana housing projects and 1,670 water conservation projects. Around 5.28 lakh person days were created in Jammu and Kashmir alone

Significance

With the migrants returning to their home town due to COVID-19 crisis, the rural population increased in the country and so did rural unemployment. In order to address this issue, the GoI under MNREGA increased the workmanship. Also, the labour charges under the scheme was increased from Rs 182 to Rs 202.

It is to be noted that in order to implement Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0, sanitary workers were included under MNREGA. They were employed under MNREGA to implement solid waste management.

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