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Govt notifies revised wages under MGNREGS

Why is it in the news?

  • The Union government has notified revised wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), with several states reporting an increase of 8% to 10%.

More about the news

  • Wages have been revised across states, with varying increases ranging from ₹7 in Uttar Pradesh to ₹34 in Goa. Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Goa have reported significant jumps in wages.
  • Bihar follows closely behind with a wage revision of ₹ Haryana offers the highest wages at ₹374 per day, while Uttar Pradesh has one of the lowest at ₹237.
  • These revised rates will be applicable from April 1, and the Union Rural Development Ministry had to seek special permission from the Election Commission to issue the notification.
  • Despite being a routine exercise, the ministry needed special permission due to the upcoming elections.
  • There are approximately 34 crore active workers under MGNREGS, and in the financial year 2023-24, the nationwide average days of employment provided per household were 51, falling short of the guaranteed 100 days of work.

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