Extra Rs 10,000 cr allocated for MGNREGA inadequate: Civil society

Civil society activists claim that the extra Rs 10,000 crore won't go far as already pending payments are in excess of Rs 10,000 crore


The total negative balance as per the MGNREGA wages was around Rs 10,087.31 crore as of November 26, with the biggest states showing a negative balance.

Sanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi
Amid demands for additional funds for MGNREGA to meet the rising work demand, the rural development ministry on Thursday claimed that the finance ministry has allocated an extra Rs 10,000 crore in this financial year over the Buget Estimate and further allocation will be made based on the demand at the Revised Estimate stage for FY22.

The Union Budget had allocated Rs 73,000 crore for MGNREGA in FY22. Of this, according to the rural development ministry, a sum of around Rs 68,600 crore has already been released to various states and UTs for MGNREGA.

However, civil society activists and others working in the sector claim that even if extra Rs 10,000 crore has been allocated for MGNREGA, it is grossly

First Published: Nov 26 2021 | 1:08 PM IST

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