ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Maharashtra s Employment Guarantee Scheme

August 9, 1980 Maharashtra's Employment Guarantee Scheme Amrita Abraham MAHARASHTRA'S Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) is often held up as a model for special rural public works programmes for other states in the country. Some writers have advocated some of its special features for rural public works programmes in other Third World countries. Most of these advocates of the programme have looked at its intent. Now that the scheme has been operating for more than five years we have data that show the shadows that have fallen between intent, and reality. A detailed evaluation of the EGS has been carried out jointly by the Planning Commission and the Maharashtra government in four districts. The draft report of this evaluation was completed in 1978 but has not been finalised as yet. If it is published later this year it will be out of date in some respects by two years but will still be the most comprehensive study of the EGS, particularly on the question of the rural works undertaken, number, size, nature, progress, costs and the all-important questions of how and why decisions are taken on type of works and their location. In the meanwhile there are other data, some more recent than the joint evaluation study, to show us how the EGS is operating.

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