According to a research published in World Development journal, MGNREGS have improved the well-being of beneficiaries significantly in Andhra Pradesh
- The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) was launched in 2006 to provide 100 days of employment to villagers in the lean season. It has worked as a conditional cash transfer programme.
Findings of the study:
- The MGNREGS participants had improved energy and protein intake within a year of participation in the scheme.
- Beneficiaries with a two-year exposure to the scheme were also able to accumulate more household assets and livestock.
- The benefits were most pronounced for disadvantaged groups such as scheduled castes (SCs), scheduled tribes (STs) and poor households.
- Families which had differently abled members and women as head of the household were also significantly benefitted.