Funds to MGNREGS to solve unemployment due to pandemic

Ministry of Rural Development

Funds to MGNREGS to solve unemployment due to pandemic

Government allocates 18.69 % more funds under MGNREGS in current financial year in comparison to the FY 2020-21

Government released Rs. 46,705.24 crore during the current financial year to States/UTs for the implementation of the Scheme

Posted On: 10 AUG 2021 5:45PM by PIB Delhi
 

As per information shared by the Ministry of Labour & Employment during Nation-wide lockdown amidst Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, more than 1.14 crore inter-State migrant workers returned to their home most of the migrant workers have returned to their workplaces and engaged themselves in gainful employment.

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (Mahatma Gandhi NREGS) is a demand driven wage employment programme which provide for the enhancement of livelihood security of the households in rural areas of the country by providing at least one hundred days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.

The financial allocation for the Mahatma Gandhi NREG Scheme is Rs.73,000 crore at Budget Estimate stage in the current financial year 2021-22 which is 18.69 % more than Budget Estimate of previous financial year 2020-21. The Ministry has released Rs. 46,705.24 crore during the current financial year 2021-22 (as on 06.08.2021) to States/UTs for the implementation of the Scheme.

Further Government of India is committed to making funds available to States/UTs for the implementation of the Scheme. The Ministry seeks additional fund for Mahatma Gandhi NREGS as and when required for meeting the demand for work on the ground.

A multipronged strategy is followed  by the Ministry to reduce the delay in payment of wages to the MGNREGA workers viz., timely release of funds by the Ministry, payment through National Electronic Fund Management System (NeFMS) for direct payment of wages into workers account, guidelines for monitoring of timely payment and enabling appropriate provisions in NREGASoft to monitor timely payment of wages.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Rural Development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

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