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71% MGNREGA wages not paid on time, 14% delayed beyond 30 days, study shows

The study done on 1.8 mn transactions between April and September, by LibTech India and the People's Action for Employment Guarantee (PAEG)

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In March 2021, the Central government segregated payment of wages based on the caste category of workers

Sanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi
Despite claims of timely payment of MGNREGA wages, a new study has shown that wage payments were delayed for 71 per cent of the transactions beyond the mandated seven days, 44 per cent of the transactions beyond the mandated 15 days and 14 per cent of the transactions beyond the mandated 30 days.

The study was conducted on about 1.8 million transactions between April 2021 and September 2021 by randomly sampling 10 percent of the Fund Transfer Orders (FTOs) from one block per district per state for 10 states. It was conducted by LibTech India and the People’s Action for

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First Published: Oct 29 2021 | 8:46 PM IST

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