New MGNREGA rates: Goa sees highest hike of Rs 34 per day, UP, Uttarakhand lowest at Rs 7

Syllabus: GS-II; Subject: Current affairs, Topic: Schemes/Policies/Programmes, Issue: MGNREGA

Context: Announcement of revised MGNREGA wage rates by The Ministry of Rural Development.

Synopsis:

  • Objective: Ensure fair compensation for unskilled manual labourers participating in MGNREGA projects.
  • State Variations: Highest Hike: Goa, Lowest Hike: Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
  • Wage rates are determined based on changes in CPI-AL, reflecting rural inflation.

Prelims Connect (Schemes/Policies)

MGNREGA:

·          Offers 100 days of work annually to rural adults for unskilled manual labor.

·          Focuses on building durable assets like wells, ponds, roads, and canals in rural areas.

·          At least one-third of beneficiaries must be women, promoting gender equality.

·          Work should be provided within 15 days of demand; otherwise, an unemployment allowance is given.

·          Mandatory regular social audits ensure transparency and accountability in the scheme’s implementation.

Consumer Price Index for Agricultural Labourers (CPI-AL):

ü  Measures changes in the cost of living for agricultural labourers.

ü  Compiled by the Labour Bureau.

ü  Used to fix minimum wages for labourers.

ü  Helps policymakers make informed decisions.

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