:: MGNREGA, WESTSINGHBHUM ::

About MGNREGA :

National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREGA) Launched on 2nd February 2006 with an aim of improving the purchasing power of the rural people, primarily semi or un-skilled work to people living in rural India, whether or not they are below the poverty line. Around one-third of the stipulated work force is women. For the first time, rural communities have been given not just a development programme but also a regime of rights. The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (NREGA) guarantees 100 days of employment in a financial year to any rural household whose adult members are willing to do unskilled manual work. This work guarantee also serve other objectives: generating productive assets and skills thereby boosting the rural economy, protecting the environment, empowering rural women, reducing rural urban migration and fostering social equity, among others. The Act offers an opportunity to strengthen our democratic processes by entrusting principle role to Panchayats at all levels in its implementation and promises transparency through involvement of community at planning and monitoring stages. On 2nd October 2009 NREGA was renamed as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The Central Government outlay for the scheme is 40,000 Crore in FY 2010-11.

The act directs state governments to implement MGNREGA. Under the MGNREGA the Central Government meets the cost towards the payment of wage, 3/4 of material cost and some percentage of administrative cost. State Governments meet the cost of unemployment allowance, 1/4 of material cost and administrative cost of State council.

Important points in MGNREGA ::

  • Adult members of a rural household, willing to do unskilled manual work, may apply for registration in writing or orally to the local Gram Panchayat
  • The Gram Panchayat after due verification will issue a Job Card. The Job Card will bear the photograph of all adult members of the household willing to work under NREGA and is free of cost.
  • The Job Card should be issued within 15 days of application.
  • A Job Card holder may submit a written application for employment to the Gram Panchayat, stating the time and duration for which work is sought.
  • The Gram Panchayat will issue a dated receipt of the written application for employment, against which the guarantee of providing employment within 15 days operates
  • Employment will be given within 15 days of application for work, if it is not then daily unemployment allowance as per the Act, has to be paid liability of payment of unemployment allowance is of the States.
  • Work should ordinarily be provided within 5 km radius of the village. In case work is provided beyond 5 km, extra wages are payable to meet additional transportation and living expenses
  • Wages are to be paid according to the Minimum Wages Act 1948 for agricultural labourers in the State or as decided by State Government. Equal wages will be provided to both men and women.
  • Wages are to be paid according to piece rate or daily rate. Disbursement of wages has to be done on weekly basis and not beyond a fortnight in any case.
  • At least one-third beneficiaries shall be women who have registered and requested work under the scheme.
  • Work site facilities such as creche, drinking water, shade have to be provided
  • The shelf of projects for a village will be recommended by the gram sabha and approved by the zilla panchayat.
  • At least 50% of works will be allotted to Gram Panchayats for execution
  • Permissible works predominantly include water and soil conservation, afforestation and land development works
  • A 60:40 wage and material ratio has to be maintained. No contractors and machinery is allowed
  • The Central Govt. bears the 100 percent wage cost of unskilled manual labour and 75 percent of the material cost including the wages of skilled and semi skilled workers
  • Social Audit has to be done by the Gram Sabha
  • Grievance redressal mechanisms have to be put in place for ensuring a responsive implementation process
  • All accounts and records relating to the Scheme should be available for public scrutiny

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