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Delayed payments under MNREGA decline to 6-year low, reveals SBI report

The report also pointed out that although there were only 18 per cent of delayed payments at all-India level, the situation of some of the states is "worrisome"

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

MNREGA

Delayed payments under the guaranteed rural employment programme fell to 6-year low of  679560 million last fiscal ended March 31, a SBI research report said on Monday.

The amount of delayed payment had touched a high of Rs 2.38E-5 trillion in 2015-16. It was 2.08E-5 trillion  in 2016-17, said the SBI Ecowrap report based on government data.

On the other hand total payments under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) was also at 6-year high of 3.87E-5 trillion

"Delayed payments, which were as high as Rs 2.38E-5 trillion in FY16 had declined significantly to merely Rs 679560 million in FY18. As a percentage of total payments, the share of delayed payments has decelerated continuously and sharply from 73 per cent in FY15 to 18 per cent in FY18," the report said.

Furthermore, it said the share of more than 90 days in delayed payment has also improved materially and declined from 30 per cent in 2012-13 to 8 per cent last fiscal.

The report also pointed out that although there were only 18 per cent of delayed payments at all-level, the situation of some of the states is "worrisome"

Apart from eight north eastern states, the big states that have delayed payments more than the average were (39 per cent payments were delayed), (36 per cent), (30 per cent), (27 per cent) and (23 per cent).

First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 18:50 IST
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