A Critical Analysis of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (Mgnrega) on Rural Women in West Bengal During Covid-19

Authors

  • Prianka Sengupta, (Dr.) Kunal Kanti Hazra

Keywords:

COVID-19, Impact of MGNREGA, Rural Development, Socio economic development.

Abstract

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) was introduced in 2006 by the Government of India, with an objective of improving the livelihood security of the rural poor women by providing guaranteed employment for 100 days during covid-19. The Act places enforceable obligation on the State and gives power to rural women labourers during covid-19 pandemic situation. As a legal right to work, MGNREGA related with previous employment generation schemes in several aspects. This paper critical analyses whether this scheme has been able to achieve the objective and looks into the question whether this scheme has caused development of the rural poor women and impact of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act on rural women in West Bengal during covid-19.

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Published

2022-02-13