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Latest News! Centre Hikes MG-NREGS Wages in the Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic, Average Increase of Rs.20

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia

Considering COVID 19 pandemic, the Department of Rural Development in close collaboration with State Governments has taken various initiatives for decrease the plight of workers, farmers amid the lockdown. Viewing the current scenario, the Ministry of Rural Development has released Rs. 4,431 crore to States/UTs this week towards MG-NREGS Wages & Material Arrears. Mahatma Gandhi NREGS wages have been revised by Department of Rural Development, with effect from 1st April, 2020. The average national increase is Rs 20. 

 As per the report, the focus of Mahatma Gandhi NREGS may be on individual beneficiary-oriented works which directly benefit SC, ST and women-headed households as well as small & marginal farmers and other poor households. However, close consultation and guidance of the State, as well as district authorities, would be necessary to ensure that lockdown conditions are not violated and norms of social distancing are scrupulously followed.

Ministry of Rural Development is according top priority to liquidate the wage and material arrears. An amount of Rs. 4,431 crore has been released in this week to various States/UTs to liquidate these liabilities of the current fiscal year and the remaining such liabilities along with 1st tranche for the year 2020-21 will be released before 15th April 2020. An amount of Rs. 721 crore has been released to State Government of Andhra Pradesh.

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