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MGNREGS wages: From Bihar to Uttar Pradesh, poorest states see no hike

Business Standard compares MGNREGS wages with the prevailing minimum wages for agriculture labourers in states that have seen the former going up by the most and the least

Sanjeeb Mukherjee  |  New Delhi 

Rural, MGNREGA, Employment

The Centre has increased wages under the (MGNREGS) by an average 2.9 per cent for the 2018-19 season, at a rate marginally higher than the 2.7 per cent in 2017-18. However, in almost 10 states, including some of the poorest like Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh, there has been no increase.

The government says wages have not be increased by much as they are linked to Consumer Price Index (Rural), which has a higher weight of food items. And this index has not seen much increase since the implementation of But civil society activists and others call the argument misleading.

Business Standard takes a look at the states that have seen wages going up at the highest rate in 2018-19, those that have seen no change at all, and how the wages in these states compare with their respective prevailing for agriculture labourers:

First Published: Tue, April 03 2018. 07:49 IST