Coronavirus | Centre releases ₹4,431 crore to clear pending wages under MGNREGA

The announcement was made at a time a countrywide lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak has left wage labourers with no work and financial resources.

March 27, 2020 07:36 pm | Updated 07:41 pm IST - New Delhi:

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The Centre has released ₹4,431 crore to clear pending wages under the rural job scheme MGNREGA and will pay all dues by April 10, officials said on Friday, a day after the government announced increase in wages under the programme.

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The announcement was made at a time a countrywide lockdown to combat the coronavirus ( COVID-19 ) outbreak has left wage labourers with no work and financial resources.

The government will clear all pending wages under the employment guarantee scheme amounting to ₹11,499 crore by April 10, out of which ₹4,431 crore has been released till Friday, officials said.

They said all the funds will be transferred directly into the beneficiaries’ bank accounts .

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Officials said the increase in wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) will come into effect from April 1.

With this rise in wages, the national average wage under MGNREGA will increase to ₹202 per person per day from ₹182.

There are 13.62 crore job card holders under the MGNREGA, out of which 8.17 crore are active job card holders.

Officials also informed that individual-oriented work under MGNREGA such as work carried out by beneficiaries belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes on their own land may continue.

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Similarly, the work done by women who are bread-earners of their families on their own land may also continue during the lockdown.

But all other MGNREGA works have been stopped due to the threat of coronavirus.

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