India’s rural employment guarantee scheme is now falling sharply for consecutive months since April over the economic pressure caused by the Coronavirus outbreak and the following lockdown restrictions.
According to reports in July, the number was by over 31 % & touching peak of 6.2 crores in June while the employment provided under this scheme fell by more than half.
The household who took up work under this scheme had completed 50 of their 100 days of work in the first four months of the current financial year, which leads to raising the question about the families’ livelihood for the rest of the year.
Due to lockdown, the State’s rural households were around 46.26% in which one or more family members migrate for the work and where most of the work is in the unorganized sector.
Due to the lockdown, the living of migrant workers and other workers like the agricultural labourers, street vendors, owners of small shops, were also affected. Their incomes declined in a drastic number.
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme if for the poor people, and now it is showing a vital fall down or slow down. The ministry has pointed out numerous factors leading to the fall down and recommended for an intense follow-up.
On 25th March, a National lockdown was imposed to spread the Coronavirus in the nation, which forced the migrant workers to go back to their hometown and with no work.
Then under MGNREGA, the migrant workers seek help in practice for their livelihood. Then after June, the government allowed some movement, which helped workers to find work.
The government allotted 61500 crores to the scheme by another 40000 crores to provide livelihood opportunities to migrant workers in rural areas.
Now the Odisha Government will take up forestry projects worth 602 crores under the MGNREGA scheme to provide more employment to the migrant workers who have returned to the State. The government has decided to spend more funds under the scheme for the interest of migrant labourers.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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