Govt releases Rs 4,431 cr to clear pending due wages under MGNREGA

The Center has released Rs 4,431 crore to clear pending wages under the MGNREGA rural employment program and will pay all dues by April 10, officials said Friday, a day after the government announced an increase in salaries under the program.
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The announcement came at a time when a nationwide lockdown to fight the coronavirus epidemic left wage workers without jobs and financial resources.

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The government will wipe out all pending wages under the job guarantee program amounting to Rs 11,499 crore by April 10, of which Rs 4,431 crore were released until Friday, officials said.

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They said that all funds would be transferred directly to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts.

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Officials said the salary increase under Mahatma Gandhi’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) would take effect on April 1.

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

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

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The officials also informed that the work with individual orientation within the framework of the MGNREGA, such as the work carried out by the beneficiaries belonging to the CS and ST on their own lands, could continue.

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Similarly, the work done by women who support their families on their own land can also continue during isolation.

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But all other MGNREGA work has been stopped due to the threat of the coronavirus.

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