Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) Current Affairs - 2020

Demand for Work Under MGNREGA increases by 21% in June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the rural and migrant labourers across the country into financial distress, as a result, more and more labourers continue to be attracted towards Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).

Budget Allocated for MGNREGA in FY 2020-21

In the Union Budget, Rs 61,500 crore was allocated under the scheme for Financial Year (FY) 2020-21. Later in the month of May 2020, an additional Rs 40,000 crore was allocated under the scheme for the FY 2020-21. For the first time since the launch of MGNREGA in 2006, allocation under the scheme crossed Rs 100,000 crore in an FY.

Last 5 FY allocation under MGNREGA

  • 2016-17: Rs 48,215 crore
  • 2017-18: Rs 55,166 crore
  • 2018-19: Rs 61,815 crore
  • 2019-20: Rs 71,002 crore
  • 2020-21: Rs 101,500 crore

MNREGA First Quarter of FY 2020-21 Highlights

In June 2020, a total of 43.7 million households across the country have demanded work under MGNREGA, this is 21 percent more than the 36.1 million households that demanded work under the MGNREGA in May 2020.

In April 2020, 12.8 million households have demanded work under MGNREGA.

In terms of work generated under the scheme, 32 percent less person-days of work were provided in June 2020 as compared to May 2020. June- 382.9 million person-days/ May- 567.4 million person-days.

In April the person-days of work were 141.2 million (this is 58 percent less than the person-days of work in April 2019).

CM KCR launched the sixth phase of Haritha Haram Programme

By planting a sapling of a Black Plum at Medak districts Narsapur forest is on 25th June 2020, the Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrashekhar Rao has launched the sixth phase of the Haritha Haram Programme. The Chief Minister also inaugurated a 636 acre Urban Forest Park at Narsapur.

Under the sixth phase of the programme, the target has been set to plant 30 crore saplings across the state. Out of the 30 crores, 50 lakh saplings will be planted in Medak district. The large scale tree plantation programme has also generated employment in the state as the pits for the plantation of saplings are dug under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

Haritha Haram Programme

The programme was launched on 3rd July 2015 by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. Through the programme, the Telangana state government has set a target to increase the forest cover in the state to 33 per cent from the 24 per cent (as per 2015 records) by planting a total of 230 crore saplings across the state.

As per records, a total of 182 crore saplings have been planted to date across the state. The saplings are planted across the state with the help of departments such as forest, municipal administration, Panchayati raj and rural development etc.