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

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Only 100 Days of Work in NREREGA?

In response to Mihir Shah’s article on ‘Employment Guarantee, Civil Society and Indian Democracy’ (November 17, 2007), I would like to point out that the central act on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) says, “the basic objective of the Act is to enhance livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work” (emphasis added). However, Shah argues that “I feel truly sorry that the employment guarantee provided under the NREGA is restricted to just 100 days of work” . I have personally interviewed a number of workers who have received employment for more than 100 days in different gram panchayats.

Jos Chathukulam


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