Beneficiaries’ experience in the 5 study states
Enrolment in MGNREGS
47% of rural low-income households had at least one active job card.
30% of low-income rural adults were listed on a job card.
29% of low-income rural adults were not listed on an active job card but wanted to be listed on one. Of these, majority (72%) belonged to households that did not have a job card at all.
Applying for MGNREGS employment
70% of job card holders wanted MGNREGS jobs at least once during the last year.
18% of job card holders tried to apply for work but could not submit their application.
All households that applied for work, received it; but most got less work than they wanted. On average, households applied for 95 days of work against their annual entitlement of 100 days but received 66 days of work.
Getting MGNREGS wages
95% of job card holders who received MGNREGS employment in the last year had received wages for their most recent employment.
58% of job card holders who received MGNREGS employment in the last year, received their wages late (i.e., beyond the stipulated 15 days).
20% of job card holders had a MGNREGS related grievance, and 91% of them sought redressal; grievances were fully redressed for 27% of those who sought redressal.
Women’s employment under MGNREGS
Over the last 5 years, women accounted for more than 50% of person days of employment generated under the scheme.
6% of women with a job card could not apply for employment and said this was because there was no work available for women.