Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)

Centre makes major changes in MGNREGA; Raises contribution for Building Toilet from Rs 4,500 to Rs 10,000

New Delhi, Dec. 18, 2013: With an eye on the upcoming General elections, the Centre on Monday announced significant changes to its flagship MGNREGA programme seeking to ensure permanent and durable asset creation and an introduction of a penalty for delayed wage payments.

More specifically, the changes include Rs 10,000 for the construction of toilets for all job card holders and assistance for buildings for women self-help federations.

Shri Jairam Ramesh to inaugurate convergence of MGNREGA workshop tomorrow

New Delhi, Sept. 16th, 2013: The Ministry of Rural Development is all set to draw a roadmap of convergence ofMahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) with other Schemes and provide a learning platform to enable replication of successful livelihood models in other States. 

Additional funds for Uttarakhand under MNREGA, PMGSY to build lives: Jairam Ramesh

Dehradun, July 1, 2013: Considering the extensive damage to houses of the poor in villages, 14,000 additional homes will be built in the state under the Indira Avas Yojana, the Union Minister said.
People in crisis-hit villages of Uttarakhand will get employment for 150 days instead of 100 days under the MNREGA scheme in view of the huge losses they have suffered in the recent calamity, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said.
The labour budget of Rs 450 crore approved for the state earlier will also be revised to Rs 700 crore to help affected people get b

Arunachal to converge MG-NREGA with Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan

Itanagar, Jan 20, 2013: The Arunachal Pradesh Rural Development (RD) and Public Health Engineering (PHE) departments have agreed for convergence of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Assurance ( MG-NREGA) scheme works with Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) at gram panchayat level.


The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting here yesterday chaired by Power, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Tanga Byaling, official sources said today.

States failed to spend Rs 29,760-cr on government flagship programmes; Rs 10,993 crore remained unspent under MGNREGA & Rs 5,859 crore under IAY: Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi, Dec. 10, 2012: States have failed to spend Rs 29,760 crore under various flagship programmes during the last fiscal, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said today.


He said during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha that Rs 10,993 crore remained unspent under Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and Rs 5,859 crore under Indira Aawas Yojana (IAY).

Centre to link NREGA wages to state's minimum wages: Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi, Nov. 5, 2012: The Centre was considering a proposal to equate the wages for works under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) with the minimum wages prevailing in states, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh today said.


"There are some states where the wages under NREGA are lower than the state-level minimum wages. The Union Government proposed to amend Section 6 (1) of NREGA to equate the wages with the state minimum wages," Ramesh told reporters here.

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