MGNREGA 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).

Panchvati Yojana launched

The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur recently launched the Panchvati Yojana for senior citizens in the rural areas of the state. Around 100 parks are to be developed in the state under the scheme. The scheme aims to help the senior citizens spend their leisure time in these gardens and parks.

Key Features

The following are to be achieved by the State Government of Himachal Pradesh under the scheme

  • The Gardens and parks are to be developed along with Swachh Bharat Mission, MGNREGA. At least 1 bigha of land is to be used to achieve this. Bigha is a traditional unit used to measure land.
  • The state government is to grow medicinal and ayurvedic plants in the land allocated. Also, recreational equipment and walking tracks are to be provided.
  • The park is to have 500 to 1000 metres of concrete trek. The Women SHGs are to be allowed to sell their products in the park.

Measures under the scheme

The scheme is to be implemented with the help of local labourers that will receive wages under MGNREGA. The GoI has been boosting MGNREGA scheme by allocating huge funds. This is done to help migrant workers with employment.