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12 million families may be out of poverty, thanks to reskilling initiative

Every year one member from almost 400,000-500,000 MGNREGS families will be skilled over the next 5 years

Poverty, jobs

The central government, though it is not planning to end the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) soon, is working on an initiative to move 10-12.5 million families within the ambit of the MGNREGA out of poverty by imparting skills and creating durable assets. This will be done in five-six years and lessen the burden on the scheme. Under the MGNREGA, 50-55 million families seek jobs for 100 days a year. However, the average number of workdays is fewer than this. Officials said some changes in the relevant legislation might be considered to ...