Amid Covid, NREGS demand soars | India Information

NEW DELHI: On Thursday, MGNREGS clocked 106 days of energetic work within the 2020-21 monetary yr. On the identical day, Telangana generated 106% mandays in comparison with the work completed in 365 days of 2019-20.
Curiously, throughout this era, Andhra Pradesh touched 96% of the work completed final yr. It’s anticipated to overtake the earlier yr’s work efficiency this week. It isn’t simply these two states that are over-performing by a distance within the pandemic yr that has created severe shortage of jobs. As many as six huge states which qualify as the normal MGNREGS catchment areas are near touching 70% work compared to final yr whereas two have crossed 80%. Crucially, two different states have crossed 60% of the work.
The progress standing of the agricultural jobs programme, as reported by TOI, has repeatedly confirmed that increasingly more villagers have been flocking to the scheme within the wake of lockdown and absence of conventional work avenues.
The rise in MGNREGS graph throughout main states is revealing. Moreover Telangana and AP, Gujarat on Thursday touched 84% of the work completed final yr whereas UP was shut behind with 80%.
Rajasthan achieved 69% of mandays generated in 2019-20 in simply 106 days whereas Chhattisgarh and Bihar achieved practically 68%. MP and Haryana stood at 67% whereas Karnataka and West Bengal touched 60%. Odisha has completed 65%.
As per rural improvement ministry sources, Telangana and AP are usually not consultant circumstances beneath MGNREGS. The ‘duties’ that comprise a day’s work within the two states are straightforward in comparison with different states, which end in extra mandays being generated. In consequence, as reported by TOI, the ministry just lately wrote to states to conduct recent ‘time-motion examine’ to put down the benchmark for a day’s work beneath MGNREGS. The directive was primarily focused at Telangana and AP.
Maharashtra is languishing in relative phrases, having achieved solely 43.4% of final yr’s mandays.
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