The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), implemented by the Government during the year 2005, is an illustrious programme that reaches the nucleus of the indispensable requisites of the poor, and augments to their dire needs by creating and providing employment even for the elders of the family. The hand – to – mouth existence is thus eradicated, paving way for an enhanced future.
Brought into force in 2006, NREGA aims at eradicating the insufficiency and adversity of the poor in the rural areas, by implementing the crusading programme in various consecutive phases.
The Act provides a convicted assurance one hundred days of guaranteed employment in a financial year, to households whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.
During the period 2006 – 2008 the Act was instrumental in executing the programme to 615 backward and poverty – stricken rural areas, enacting the target in three phases.
As a stepping-stone, the NREGA is the first ever law internationally, that guarantees wage employment at an unprecedented scale.
The objectives of the Act pinpoint the reliable methods to be adapted to avoid the total depletion of resources in the rural areas.
Endorsing a few simple arrangements with the local Gram Panchayat, the adult members of a rural household are assured of employment within 15 days of registration. A Job Card will be provided to the household as a whole on a free basis, after verification processes.
Another salient feature of this Act is that at least one third of the persons applying for employment should be women. This advantage ensures the beneficial aspects for the women.
The process outcomes include strengthening grass root processes of democracy and infusing transparency and accountability in governance.
The documentation provides concrete assemblage of the outcomes of programme implementation in figures. The document illuminates the sufficient elevation in the employment opportunities, the increase households that benefited through the employment schemes, and the satisfactory and appreciative growth in the rise of wages.
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