The central government on Saturday allocated an additional Rs. 40 thousand crores under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in order to strengthen the scheme.
Narendra Singh Tomar, the Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj took it to the state governments and asked them to route these funds to Gram Panchayats and look after the development of the workers at the village level.
During the conference, Tomer also made it clear that the central government is working to increase transparency in the implementation of rural development schemes to provide all kinds of benefits to the people who are being covered in these schemes.
He further shared the government’s future strategy which includes – increasing livelihood opportunities by focusing on self-employment, improving rural infrastructure by building new roads, schools, hospitals, and providing a social safety net.
The coronavirus outbreak followed by stringent lockdowns has pushed everyone inside their houses. Even some people have to leave their working cities and have to go back to their hometowns. This lockdown has also thrown many workers away from their workplaces and a lot of people are searching for new jobs. Thousands of laborers and migrant workers are unemployed these day and they are facing a serious economic crisis. Mainly the unorganised sector of the economy has been pushed towards poverty and they are facing starvation like conditions. Thus, extra support to the existing scheme was the demand of the situation.
However, laborers and migrant workers all across the country are raising demands in search of more benefits and higher rights under MGNREGA. On June 29,2020, thousands of workers across 108 districts staged a non-violent demonstration and celebrated the day as ‘NREGA Adhikar Diwas’.
They mainly demanded an increment in the daily wage to Rs. 600 a day. Meanwhile, the allocation done by the central government stands inadequate to fulfill all these demands and the losses faced by rural workers.