Person days under MGNREGS go up by 52.1 per cent during April-August

Persondays generated under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme went up by 52.1% in the April-August period with total employment provided at 199 crore compared to 133 crore in the corresponding period last year, the government said on Friday.

Even the household demanding work under the scheme was up by 41.8% in the April-August period with 14.89 crore households demanding work in the first five months compared to 10.5 crore in the whole fiscal of 2019-20. Rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in response to questions in Rajya Sabha on Friday.

The minister, in his responses, reiterated that the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes (Mahatma Gandhi NREGS) is a demand driven wage employment programme.

“Government is committed to making funds available to the states/UTs keeping in view the demand for work,” minister Tomar said.

Government had allocated Rs 61,500 crore for Mahatma Gandhi NREGS but this was later enhanced by Rs 40,000 crore in order to meet additional demand for work due to return of workers from urban areas to rural areas, raising the total availability to Rs.1,01,500 crore during the current financial year 2020-21.

“The ministry seeks additional funds for Mahatma Gandhi NREGS as and when required for meeting the demand for work on the ground,” minister Tomar said.