Is the proposed restructuring of MNREGA desirable?
The proposed changes in MNREGA will undermine the very reason for which the Act was passed
The present central government of India rode high into the office, promising development with good governance. This certainly was a welcome signal to organizations like ours working at grassroots who experience, day after day, that good-intentioned social policies get stuck in ill-designed programmes. There is a huge governance deficit in the delivery of social development programmes. Hence, we have been closely following the announcements of the ministry of rural development to look for desirable changes in the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). However, some of the recent developments have left us feeling disenchanted about the development and governance ideas of the government.