MGNREGA sees negligible increase in minimum wages in the time of Covid-19

The 4% rise in average all-India minimum wages is almost the same as CPI inflation rate between 2015-16 and 2019-20, meaning that in real terms, the increase has been insignificant

Sanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi
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Last week, the Central government notified the minimum daily wages for MGNREGA workers for the 2021-22 financial year.
The average wage increase across the country was just about 4 per cent more than in FY21, which in absolute terms translates to a hike of just around Rs 9.
This, according to some experts, is lower than the average notified wages increase of 11 per cent between 2019-20 and 2020-21.

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First Published: Mar 24 2021 | 11:30 AM IST

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