MGNREGS has raised welfare, brought down inequality, says study

MGNREGS has raised welfare, brought down inequality, says study

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According to a research published in World Development journal, MGNREGS have improved the well-being of beneficiaries significantly in Andhra Pradesh

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About MGNERGS

  • 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:

  1. The MGNREGS participants had improved energy and protein intake within a year of participation in the scheme.
  2. Beneficiaries with a two-year exposure to the scheme were also able to accumulate more household assets and livestock.
  3. The benefits were most pronounced for disadvantaged groups such as scheduled castes (SCs), scheduled tribes (STs) and poor households.
  4. Families which had differently abled members and women as head of the household were also significantly benefitted.
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