Awareness about the major workers related provisions under MGNREGS: A study of Kadwa block in Katihar district, Bihar
Md. Shahadat Hussain
MGNREGS is one of the flagship scheme of the Govt. of India guaranteeing 100 days of the employment to every household in rural areas in an year. The scheme has potential to mitigate rural poverty, distress, vulnerabilities etc. However, numerous studies have documented low awareness about the provisions especially related to the worker’s rights and entitlements under the scheme among the public and particularly workers. Number of studies have unearth irregularities in its execution and implementation like fudging of figures, fake entries in muster rolls, overwriting, false names, irregularities in job cards and even inclusion of the names of dead persons in muster rolls. While supply has been strengthened, demand side has been greatly ignored. As a result intended beneficiaries i.e., the workers suffers due to lack of know and awareness. Successful implementation of any scheme is a function of awareness of keys stakeholders apart from their active participation and availability of necessary logistics & resources. In Indian context, without awareness of the stakeholders no successful implementation of any scheme can be imagined. It is therefore, essential to conduct studies on MGNREGS including awareness studies among stakeholders including workers, so that tailor made IEC may be used and correct deviations in implementation of the scheme. Workers awareness not only avail their rights and entitlements, but they also work as a pressure group and keep the officials on line, ensure efficient implementation of the scheme, reducing or eliminating corruption, diversion of public money, resources, making the programmes, schemes effective, sustainable and beneficial to larger public.
Md. Shahadat Hussain. Awareness about the major workers related provisions under MGNREGS: A study of Kadwa block in Katihar district, Bihar. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 4, 2017, Pages 600-604