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Panel On MGNREGA Restructuring

Panel On MGNREGA Restructuring:


The Central Government has set up a panel to recommend structural and other reforms required for the effective implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act

  • The panel will be headed by Amarjeet Sinha – the former Rural Development Secretary and advisor in the PMO.
  • Chief Economic Advisor Anantha Nageswaran is one of the members of this panel.
  • The panel met for the first time in November 21 this year.
  • It is expected to submit its report by February 2023.
  • The MGNREGA was enacted in 2005 to implement a demand-driven scheme that guarantees 100 days of unskilled work per year for any rural household that requires it.
  • The panel is tasked with assessing various factors behind the demand for MGNREGA work, expenditure incurred by the government, inter-state variations, and the composition of work.
  • The panel will also look into the argument that the cost of providing work under MGNREGA has surged since the scheme was launched.
  • It will provide recommendations on changes in focus areas and governance structures to make MGNREGA more effective.
  • The Panel will study the composition of work taken up under the MGNREGA, which has been criticized for not providing tangible assets.
  • It will provide recommendations on whether the composition of work must be changed and review whether the scheme should focus more on community-based assets or individual works.