Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)

Modifications to the guidelines for taking up works relating to access to sanitation under MGNREGA

Convergence of MNREGA with Total Sanitation Campaign and National Rural Drinking Water Programme will help improve Human Development Indicators.

Bihar, Jharkhand & Odisha weak in MGNREGA implementation-Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi, May 15, 2012: Union Rural Development Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh said that implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, MGNREGA is not satisfactory in the states like Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, he said, despite poverty and unemployment in the three eastern states, demand for rural job is not so much as in the other well-to-do states.

Performance Audit of MGNREGA will be placed in Parliament in November 2012

New Delhi, MAy 15, 2012: The Union Minister for Rural Development Shri Jairam Ramesh said that Performance Audit of MGNREGA for all the States will be placed before Parliament in November this year. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, he said that his Ministry will receive the draft report by October end, as the audit is presently on in all the states. The Performance Audit of MGNREGA will cover the period from 2007 to 2011 and it must be underlined that Rural Development Ministry spends about 40,000 crore rupees each year on the job guarantee scheme.

Now an improved MNREGA — to be in sync with states’ needs

New Delhi, May 8, 2012: A radically improved version of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) expanding the schedule of work under the rural job scheme to enhance productivity in 30 areas including watershed related works, agriculture, livestock, fisheries and sanitation has come into force on Tuesday.


Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh tabled the ‘MNREGA 2.0’ — the second generation reforms for the rural job scheme — in both Houses of Parliament on Tuesday.

Government to hike funds for building toilets from Rs 2,200 to Rs 9,900 per household

New Delhi, April 25, 2012:  Noting that the amount allocated for construction of toilets in rural areas was very low, the government today said it would hike the fund under the total sanitation programme from Rs 2,200 to Rs 9,900 per household. "

CAG to audit all Rural Development Expenditures: Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi, April 16, 2012: The Union Minister for Rural Development Shri Jairam Ramesh said that Performance Audit of MGNREGA for all the States will be placed before Parliament by the end of Winter Session of Parliament this year. Talking to media after meeting the Comptroller and Auditor General here, Shri Ramesh said that his Ministry will receive the draft report by October end and by the last week of November, the report will be finalised to present it before Parliament.

No lack of funds for MNREGA despite reduced allocation: Ramesh

New Delhi, March 17, 2012: Allocation for UPA's ambitious Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Gurantee Scheme (MNREGA) scheme may have come down in the union budget but there would be no lack of funds for the rural job programme, rural development minister Jairam Ramesh said on Saturday.
The allocation for the scheme entitling employment to poor rural households
 has been reduced from Rs 40,000 crore in 2011-2012 to Rs 33000 crore in the Budget presented by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee f

Uneven spending in MGNREGS; Discrepancy between anticipated demand for employment & actual work generated

Since 2006-07, the ministry of rural development’s (MoRD’s) budget has increased nearly threefold. Allocations for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) funnels 46% of that funding. Last year, allocations to MoRD accounted for 15% of the government’s budget, but there is a discrepancy between anticipated demand for employment and actual work generated.
Uneven Spending
The Union government spent 75% of its MGNREGS funds during 2010-11, but there were sharp variations across the states.  

NREGA 2 aimed at bolstering 2nd Term for United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government

New Delhi, Feb 22, 2012: The UPA government has widened the scope of its flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) to include works related to agriculture, animal husbandry, poultry, drinking water and sanitation.
In its initial avatar launched over six years ago, the NREGA was limited only to works concerning water and soil conservation, afforestation and land development. It was largely seen as a subsistence dole for the rural people in the lean farm season.

New MGNREGA will boost farm productivity, says Jairam

New Delhi, Feb 22, 2012: Union Minister of Rural Development Shri Jairam Ramesh said that new version of MGNREGA will lead to better farm output as more than 25 agriculture and allied activities have been included in it. Talking to media here after receiving a Report on revised Operational Guidelines for MNREGA 2.0, the Minister said that the quantum of works provided in whole year indicates seasonal fluctuation with a huge share of works being done during the off season in agriculture.

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