Thursday, December 3, 2015
Government to start electronic transfer of MGNREGA wages from 2016
An additional Rs 2,000 crore would be sought from the Finance Ministry towards ensuring that MNREGA wages are at par with the agriculture wages fixed by some states, Rural Development Minister Birender Singh said.
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) provides 100 days of employment to registered workers on their demand.
During Question Hour, Singh said electronic transfer of wages under MNREGA would be introduced in Kerala from January 1, 2016. "If it is successful, we will introduce it (e-transfer of wages) in other states," he noted.
According to him, there are around 11 crore accounts and out of them, 65 percent are in banks and the remaining in post offices.
Noting that MNREGA is a demand-driven wage employment programme, the Minister said various modalities have been put in place to prevent leakages in the scheme.