27 mn households sought work under employment guarantee scheme last month -Sanjeeb Mukherjee
This was mainly on account of migrants again returning to their homes due to the second wave of Covid-19 and several cities going into lockdowns
Around 27.3 million households demanded work under MGNREGA in April 2021, among the highest for the month in recent times.
This comes as migrants once again returned to their homes due to the second wave of Covid-19 and several cities went into lockdowns.
The high work demand for MGNREGA in April is, however, in line with the trend seen since FY21.
During the financial year, MGNREGA work demand consistently remained at an elevated level as compared to the previous years though month-on-month there was a fall from the peak seen in May and June 2020 as economic activity resumed in cities after the lockdown.
However, despite that, more than 20 million households, on an average, sought work under the scheme every month in FY21. This made it one of the best in terms of work demanded and work provided.
In FY21, as many as 11 crore individuals got work under the scheme, the highest since its inception in 2006. Around 390 crore person-days of work was generated under the scheme, which was also the highest since its launch.
The money spent under the scheme for wages and materials alongside administrative expenses was over Rs 1.1 trillion of which a whopping Rs 78,000 crore went towards payment of wages, which was in itself a record.
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Business Standard, 4 May, 2021, https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/27-mn-households-sought-work-under-employment-guarantee-scheme-last-month-121050401356_1.html