New Delhi: Identifying major challenges in
implementation of rural employment guarantee scheme, government Thursday came out with a set of reforms that include payment of unemployment allowance if a legally entitled worker
is not given the promised job on time.
The reform note brought out by the Rural Development
Ministry include solutions to reducing delay in payments to
workers, providing requisite number of days of work as per
demand, improving quality of assets created under MGNREGA and
their relevance to the livelihood of the poor and ensuring full wages stipulated under the programme.
Noting that MGNREGA promises that "if you are not
provided work within 15 days of your applying for work, you
will be provided unemployment allowance," the reform note says
that in case the states "fail to provide work within 15 days",
workers who applied for work "must be paid unemployment
The note that summarises nine major challenges and
solutions to MGNREGA implementation and placed in public
domain to get comments also recommends regular flow of funds,
strengthened grievance redressal mechanisms and steps to
reduce workers` migration to urban areas.
In a foreword note, Rural Development Minister Jairam
Ramesh said "these reform measures do not involve any
legislative amendment and can be put into effect through
executive action by the Centre and the states".
"To begin with, these reforms could be implemented in 2000
of the poorest blocks of the country, especially those with
high concentration of SC/ST population," the Minister said.