This is one reason why the scale of NREGA works remains very low in many
States in spite of a huge demand for employment.
This situation calls for large-scale opening of NREGA works on a
Every village needs at least one major worksite, where a good number of
people can work at short notice.
Ideally, workers should be allowed to enrol at the worksite. Further,
large-scale employment generation should continue throughout the monsoon,
the hardest period of the year for poor people in large parts of rural
Avertinga humanitarian disaster in the next few months calls for a
veritable explosion of NREGA work.
Much can be done to facilitate this:
To expanding the list of permissible works, hiring more gram
rozgarsevaks, simplifying the implementation process, mobilising para-teachers
for work application drives, and so on.
And of course, top-down orders to expand the scale of works could work
wonders. NREGA is not supposed to be top-down, but it does have a long
history of top-down orders, and after all, this is an emergency.
Switch to payment?
It is also worth considering a return to cash payment of NREGA wages, at
least as an option for the duration of the crisis.
This would not only help to ensure timely and reliable payment of wages,
but also spare workers the ordealof extracting their wages from overcrowded
banks or business correspondents.
Further, cash payment of wages would act as a tremendous incentive for
rural workers to demand NREGA work, whatever it takes.
The idea of a return to cash payment of w...................................
Q1. With reference to the 3rd Tranche of measures under Atmanirbhar Bharat,
consider the following statements: 1. The Government will launch the Pradhan Mantri MatsyaSampada Yojana (PMMSY)
with an outlay of Rs 20,000 crore for marine and inland fisheries.
2. “Operation Greens” run by Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) will
be extended from Tomatoes, onion and potatoes (TOP) crops to ALL fruit and
Which of the statements given above is/are correct? (a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2