Business Standard

Workers seek timely payments, more workdays under rural jobs scheme

The demand for work under MGNREGS was the highest ever in 2020 after migrants returned to villages following the national lockdown

jobs, jobless, unemployment, economy, hiring, workers, staff, employees, mgnrega, poor, welfare, poverty

Shreehari Paliath, Geeta Devi| Shreehari Paliath, Geeta Devi | IndiaSpend
Prem Lal, 39, has had a horrid time since the national lockdown in 2020. Soon after the announcement in March, like many stranded migrant workers, he made the arduous journey back home. He walked nearly 1,200 km from Pune, where he worked as a painter, to his village in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh's economically deprived Bundelkhand region. Since then he has found a few weeks of wage employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the national rural jobs programme.

"If work was available for most part of the year under schemes like MGNREGS then I

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: Aug 23 2021 | 7:33 AM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to