The Central Government on Wednesday approved an extra 50 days of work for farmers or workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act scheme.
The Union Cabinet, at a meeting in New Delhi, decided that farmers hit by the deficient monsoon this Kharif season would now get to work for a total of 150 days under MGNREGA.
Earlier, the rural employment guarantee scheme provided for 100 days of unskilled manual work for registered farmers.
MNREGA came into effect on 7 September 2005, provides employment within 15 days of application, failing which the government provides daily unemployment allowance.
In July, India’s rural employment guarantee program MNREGA has been ranked the world’s largest public works programme by the World Bank. The programme, which falls under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, provides social security to almost 15 percent of the country’s population.