‘MGNREGA reduced wage discrimination’

: The 66{+t}{+h}round of National Sample Survey has confirmed that the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has reduced the traditional wage discrimination between men and women which was apparent in several States in the country.

According to a press release from Press Information Bureau, the scheme had generated 1,408 crore person days of employment till March 31 this year from its launch in February 2006. It is being implemented in 632 districts.

An average of five crore households have been provided with employment every year while Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes account for 50 per cent of the total person days generated.

“The MGNREGA also leads to an increase in private sector wages and provides welfare benefits to non-participating households too. The gains from the rise in wages are more for the poor and the marginalised sections, including women,” the press release said.