Data show disparity in MGNREGA wages across States

Updated - September 24, 2019 06:21 pm IST

Published - September 24, 2019 02:54 pm IST

Work under MGNREGA is under way at Kuplan tank in Telangana’s Nizampet. File

Work under MGNREGA is under way at Kuplan tank in Telangana’s Nizampet. File

With the Centre’s plan to peg MGNREGA wages to inflation , a look at the current wages shows a wide disparity in the notified wages among States.

While some States notified relatively higher wages, they paid out lesser than that amount on average during all months in FY19, while some States which notified lesser wages paid out that wage (or higher) consistently.

Growth drop

The total MGNREGA expenditure reported by States has risen, but the year-on-year growth has fallen below 5%.


What they actually paid

Graph shows the number of months in FY19 in which a State paid out a lower average wage than the notified (promised) rate.

image/svg+xmlHaryanaAndhra PradeshJammu & KashmirHimachal PradeshArunachal PradeshMadhya Pradesh024681012KeralaGoaKarnatakaPunjabTamil NaduManipurTelanganaMaharashtraMizoram,GujaratRajasthanWest BengalAssamOdishaMeghalayaNagalandSikkimTripuraUttar PradeshUttarakhandChhattisgarhBiharJharkhandStateswithrelativelyhighernotifiedwagesKerala and Goanotified higher ratesand paid out aspromised in all themonths of 2019In theseStates, lowerwages werenotified andthe promisedwages werepaid out onall monthsIn Chhattisgarhand M.P., despitelower notifiedwages, in all themonths lesserthan the promisedwages were paidIn States suchas Punjab, TamilNadu, A.P. andTelangana,higher wageswere promised,but less amountwas paid on all12 monthsStateswithrelativelylowernotifiedwagesNo. of months in FY19 in which wages lowerthan notified were paid

State disparities

Map shows the wages notified under MGNREGA for FY20. Many central and northern States have relatively lower notified wages; Haryana (the highest among States) is an exception.

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