An analysis of the National Sample Survey data for 2009-10 confirms expectations that poorer states of India have more demand for work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. However, we find considerable unmet demand for work on the scheme in all states, and more so in the poorest ones, where the scheme is needed most. Nonetheless, the scheme is reaching the rural poor and backward classes and is attracting poor women into the workforce.
|Author:||Puja Dutta, Rinku Murgai, Martin Ravallion, Dominique van de Walle|
|Publisher:||Economic and Political Weekly | April 21, 2012|
Cash transfers are the latest fad of the international development industry, as the preferred strategy for poverty reduction. And now Indian policymakers are busy catching up. . .
|Publisher:||The Hindu | March 3, 2011|
. . . for all its flaws, limitations and difficulties, this scheme has already had positive effects on women workers in rural labour markets.
|Author:||C.P. Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh|
|Publisher:||Macroscan (http://www.macroscan.org/fet/jan11/fet110111Public_Works.htm) | January 11, 2011|
An innovative space for a meeting between civil society and government, CAPART will need firm resolve and purposeful action by the Rural Development Ministry to bring it back from the brink.
|Publisher:||The Hindu | November 26, 2010|
A humungous programme like NREGS needs an independent body that looks after IT, human resource development, evaluation, social audit and grievance redress, without which quality outcomes will remain elusive.
|Publisher:||The Hindu | October 31, 2009|
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which entitles rural households to 100 days of casual employment on public works at the statutory minimum wage, contains special provisions to ensure full participation of women. This paper, based on fieldwork in six states in 2008, examines the socio-economic consequences of the nrega for women workers. In spite of the drawbacks in the implementation of the legislation, significant benefits have already started accruing to women through better access to local employment, at minimum wages, with relatively decent and safe work conditions. The paper also discusses barriers to women’s participation.
|Author:||Reetika Khera, Nandini Nayak|
|Publisher:||Economic and Political Weekly | October 24, 2009|
Envisioning NREGA-II is important to realise the unfulfilled dreams of NREGA-I, which has failed thus far to break free of the shackles of a debilitating past