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MGNREGA: Why govt's app-based attendance system is facing protest

Rural Development Minister Giriraj Singh termed the recent measures steps to check corruption in the scheme and said the government would not compromise on transparency

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Civil society activists counter this argument by saying that it is irresponsible implementation by the Central and state governments that has led to systemic corruption

Sanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi
For Reena Devi from Muzaffarpur district, Bihar, the new mobile application to mark attendance for work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is a headache.

Devi said attendance on the app needed to be marked thrice a day, with photograph, in three different time periods.

And, if she missed marking attendance once, she would be counted as “absent” for the day, she said.

“Sometimes the mobile network isn’t adequate or there is some other hindrance to marking attendance, but then it should not be considered as that the person has stayed away from work or there

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First Published: Feb 28 2023 | 11:12 AM IST

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