• Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), which provides at least 100 days of paid work annually to a adult member of a family.

  • MGNREGA is one of the largest work guarantee programmes in the world launched in 2005 by the Ministry of Rural development.

  • The primary objective of the scheme is to guarantee 100 days of employment in every financial year to adult members of any rural household willing to do public work-related unskilled manual work.

  • As of 2022-23, there are 15.4 crore active workers under the MGNREGA.


  • Legal Right to Work: Unlike earlier employment guarantee schemes, the act aims at addressing the causes of chronic poverty through a rights-based framework.

  • At least one-third of beneficiaries have to be women.

  • Wages must be paid according to the statutory minimum wages specified for agricultural labourers in the state under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948.


  • Demand-Driven Scheme: The most important part of MGNREGA’s design is its legally-backed guarantee for any rural adult to get work within 15 days of demanding it, failing which an ‘unemployment allowance’ must be given.

  • This demand-driven scheme enables the self-selection of workers.

  • Decentralised planning: There is an emphasis on strengthening the process of decentralisation by giving a significant role in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in planning and implementing these works.

  • The act mandates Gram sabhas to recommend the works that are to be undertaken and at least 50% of the works must be executed by them.




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