The Union government has revised wages under its flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) from April 1 to factor in inflation.

The maximum wage of Rs. 214 has been fixed for Haryana, and a minimum of Rs. 135 for the northeastern States, an official release said on Tuesday.

It said the MGNREGS benefited women and unskilled labourers the most and had a positive impact on agricultural wages and wages in general in rural areas, which had been stagnant for a long time.

The National Sample Survey Office’s 66th round confirms that the MGNREGS has reduced the traditional gender wage discrimination, which was apparent in several States. An average of five-crore households have been given employment every year since 2008. The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes account for 50 per cent of the total person-days generated.

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