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.
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. "
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.
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
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.
The Union government spent 75% of its MGNREGS funds during 2010-11, but there were sharp variations across the states.
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 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.
New Delhi, Dec 15, 2011: Government has ruled out increase in the number of working days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) from the existing 100 days to 200 days, saying such a move will result in a competitive disadvantage towards agricultural productivity. Indian Labour Conference in its 43rd session recommended to increase the number of working days along with the guaranteed statutory wage under MGNREGA.
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) aims at enhancing the livelihood security of people in rural areas by guaranteeing hundred days of wage-employment in a financial year to a rural household who volunteer to do unskilled manual work .
Supreme Court order dated 12/05/2011 in the matter W.P (C) No. 645 of 2007 Centre for Environment & Food Security Vs Union of India & Ors for the proper implementation of MGNREG Act, 2005. Download to view complete Order details