MGNREGA: A welcome salve in pandemic times -Sarita Brara
-The Hindu Business Line
In Himachal Pradesh, the scheme comes as a breather to those who lost their jobs
Nand Lal was working in an electronics company at Parwanoo, an industrial town in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, when the first lockdown was announced, in March. He had no choice but to come back to Surah, his village in the Murhag panchayat of Mandi district.
Since then, he has already worked for 56 days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme on the metalling of a link road. The wages under the scheme may be meagre but have come as a big help, says Nand Lal, who used to earn nearly 20,000 a month with overtime. Now, he gets 198 per day under MGNREGA.
“At least I am able to earn. I am busy working at the construction site and even though the work is laborious compared to the repair work I was doing at the factory, I am happy because I am working in a carefree and clean environment,” he says.
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The Hindu Business Line, 24 July, 2020, https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/specials/india-interior/mgnrega-a-welcome-salve-in-pandemic-times/article32184259.ece