NREGS wages set to be hiked, Govt gets EC nod after poll conduct code.

Syllabus: GS-II, Subject: Current affairs, Topic: Schemes/ Policies/ Programmes, Issue: Wage revision of MNREGA.

Context: The Election Commission approved the increase of MGNREGA wages after the moral code of conduct came into force.


  • Wages determined based on Consumer Price Index (Agricultural Labourers) reflecting rural inflation.
  • Around six crore rural households benefited from MGNREGA this year, with 35.5 lakh completing 100 days of work.(Data for Mains)

Prelims Connect(Schemes/Policies/Programmes)


Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)2005.

➢     Guaranteed Employment: 100 days of unskilled work at government-set minimum wage.

➢     Eligibility: Citizen of India above 18 years, rural household, willing to do unskilled work.

➢     Unemployment Allowance,if no work provided within 15 days.

➢     Social Audit: Mandated for all MGNREGA works for community participation and government accountability.


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