Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act is the world’s largest work guarantee programme that guarantees 100 days of wage employment per annum for rural households. The 2021-22 Union Budget allocation for the initiative is Rs.73,000. This is 34.52 per cent less than the revised estimate of Rs.111,500 crore for 2020-21. This comes despite the growing and persistent demand for the scheme amid the COVID-19 crisis.


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