MGNREGA: The wrong answer to rural distress
A permanent entitlements strategy does little to address the real problems
A political fist fight has broken out on the 10th anniversary of the landmark Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), which guarantees 100 days of work a year to every rural household. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a stinging speech last year described the rural jobs scheme as a monument to the failures of the United Progressive Alliance government. His government is now indicating that it will increase spending on the scheme in this year of a second successive drought. The Congress has hit back with accusations of hypocrisy.