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Categorisation of MGNREGA Scheme


The Centre has asked the States to split wage payments under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme into separate categories for the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, and others from this financial year.

  • The government of India has decided to provide separate budget heads for SC and ST categories under MGNREGS from the financial year 2021-22 for wage payment.
  • The existing system for wages under the scheme is for only one type that is there is no category-wise provision of wage payment.
  • Workers’ rights advocates said this will complicate the payment system, and expressed fears that it may lead to a reduction in scheme funding.