- Acc. to India Meteorological Department’s forecast, we are looking at consecutive drought-like years for the first time since 1987.
- NDA government proposes to extend the number of work entitlement days under the MGNREGA from 100 to 150 in drought-hit districts.
- MGNREGS could bring relief to farm workers and labourers affected by the laying waste of cropland for the rabi cycle due to both unseasonal rain and deficient monsoon.
- The record of success of MGNREGS since its launch in 2006 as a welfare initiative that empowers distressed rural households has been well-documented.
- Its weaknesses, in terms of the quality of assets created and leakages in implementation, are also well-known.
While the “extra 50 days” is a welcome move, there needs to be a better focus on timely wage payments and demand for work under the scheme.