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NREGA calls for a reality check in the employment sector
Without creating enough employment opportunities, welfare of people can't be imagined. Acts like MNREGA should have found itself a place in our Constitution as and when it was being framed.
NATIONAL RURAL Employment Guarantee Act ( NREGA ) 2005, which was passed by the United Progressive Alliance government is a good initiative to generate employment in India. The Act was rechristened to Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).

Without creating enough employment opportunities, welfare of people can’t be imagined. Acts like MNREGA should have found itself a place in our Constitution as and when it was being framed.

The Act still needs many modifications to achieve the ultimate goal. According to this Act, every unskilled labourer or any adult in the family will a get minimum employment of 100 days in a year. If such a person applies for a job card under this Act, he will be issued with a same within 15 days and will be enabled to work for at least 100 days in a year.

If government fails to provide them work for 100 days, then the government will bear the amount so as to compensate the applicant for a period of 100 days, which is called unemployment allowance.
However, previous data of this Act raises some questions. In Punjab during 2009 and 2010, the number of job card holders was 7,50,410. These job card holders should have either got minimum 100 days work or unemployment allowance in that year.

Shockingly, only 3774 job card holders out of the applied people got 100 days work. In Punjab, where labourers are committing suicide, we can’t say that out of 750410 job car holders only 3774 want to work. The failure behind the remaining people not getting employment is not justified and the governments at both state and Central levels should try and identify where the problem exactly lay.

Labourers don’t want to work under NREGA as labour rate is less than usual. So to achieve the real goal labour rates under this Act should be equal to market rate. Moreover, 100 days work guarantee is for the entire family.

The entire family can’t survive with such a low amount, so 100 days work guarantee should be for individual labourer. In certain cases labourers get their payment after a long delay. Such minor yet important modifications are the pre-requisites to achieve the goal of this Act.

NREGA should also ensure employment guarantee for skilled workers besides unskilled workers.
 
 
 
 

 

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