MGNREGS includes Rural Sanitation Now

The scope and reach of the UPA flagship programme MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) was extended to benefit more households in the rural areas. In a series of decisions, the government has subsumed the development tasks, from various other schemes, under MGNREGS.

UPA government widened the scope of MGNREGS to include works relating to rural sanitation in collaboration with the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA). It is expected that this would strengthen the base of rural livelihood and create durable assets and infrastructure at village level. The provision has been provided in the Para 4(1) IV(i) of the Schedule I of the MGNREG Act.

Further, the government also brought the unskilled wage component of the construction of houses, under Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), under the ambit of MGNREGS. This was done so that durable assets are built up MGNREGS, while improving the quality of households for the poor.

In its notification dated June 12, 2014, government also issued guidelines for the payment of compensation for delayed wages, at a rate of 0.05% of the unpaid wages per day for the duration of the delay, beyond the 16th day of the closure of the Muster roll.


MGNREGA is a social security measure aimed at guaranteeing the Right to Work, and ensuring livelihood security in rural areas by providing atleast 100 days of wage employment in a financial year to every household, whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. The government is also considering to increase the number of working days, under the scheme from 100 to 150. The scheme has been seen as one of the largest and most ambitious social security and public works programme in the world.

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