Centre allows industry, road work and MGNREGA to start in rural India

Experts say unless the implementation is monitored properly at the ground level, much of the easing out could just remain on paper


To kick-start the rural economy the Central government granted a series of relaxations in the second phase of the nationwide lockdown, but experts warned that proper implementation was necessary to ensure the measures didn’t remain just on paper.   In case of Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) — one of the biggest sources of employment for rural landless labour, providing work to an average of 50-60 million households every year — the Centre has allowed all manner of works, but has accorded priority to water conservation and irrigation ...