The worrying cutbacks in rural jobs guarantee outlay, in charts
SummaryThe number of households seeking MGNREGS work still far exceeds that in the pre-pandemic year. Yet, budgetary allocation to the scheme has been reduced to 2019-20 levels
If the Centre holds its ground on allocations to the rural employment guarantee scheme, this important measure of last resort will end up offering about one-third fewer person-days of work in 2022-23, show Mint calculations. Further, given that existing allocations are unable to fully service current demand for work, a persistence in high demand will inevitably translate into cutbacks for the 316 million registered worker-beneficiaries.