Few people get 100-day employment under NREGA

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), the flagship rural development programme of the UPA government, was launched in February 2006 in 200 districts. It was later expanded to another 130 districts in 2007-08 and eventually extended to cover all the 593 districts.

A total of 4,49,40,870 rural households were provided jobs under NREGA during 2008-09 across the country but about 14.48 per cent of them could get 100-days of employment assured under the Act, according to statistics of the Ministry of Rural Development.

The statistics reveal that about 10.62 per cent of the total 3,38,89,122 registered rural households in 2007-08 were provided 100-days of employment.

During 2006-07, a total of 2,09,83,491 household were provided jobs under the Act, but about 10.29 per cent of them could get 100-days of employment.

As per an assessment done by the ministry, the national average of the number of working days per household under NREGA was 48 in the last fiscal and it stood at 25 till May this year.

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