Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Rural Development
14-December-2011 19:42 IST
MGNREGA has not led to shortage of farm labourers

Government has said that there is no definite findings indicating shortage of farm labourers due to Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Since MGNREGA is a demand driven scheme, backed by legislation, State Governments are obliged to provide up to 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every rural household for doing unskilled manual work, if demanded, at any time of the year, as mandated in the Act. The information was given by the Minister of State for Rural Development Shri Pradeep Jain in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha yesterday.

He said, average persondays employment generated under MGNREGA during 2008-10 has ranged between 54 days to 47 days per annum. National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) surveys conducted between 1972-73 to 2009-10 have highlighted a continuous decline in the proportion of male and female workers in agriculture over the years whereas MGNREGA has been in operation only since 2.2.2006.